Southmead Maternity Services to benefit from £475,000 funding

Thursday, 24 January 2013

North Bristol NHS Trust has welcomed the news that it is to receive £475,000 as part of a £25million Department of Health fund to improve and upgrade maternity services across the country.

The money will be spent on providing more en-suite bathroom facilities for mums at Southmead Hospital’s Central Delivery Suite, a new birthing pool, and the conversion of two areas in antenatal wards into family rooms to allow partners to stay overnight.

Gillian White, Assistant General Manager for Maternity Services, said: “North Bristol NHS Trust is absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the Department of Health.

“Providing en-suite bathroom facilities will greatly improve privacy and dignity for the thousands of women who give birth at Southmead each year.

“When putting together the bid for funding we asked women and their partners what improvements they would like to see to the unit and en-suite bathroom facilities and the option for partners to stay overnight came top of their list.”

The Department of Health funding complements a separate appeal by the Trust’s Shine Together charity which aims to raise £1.5million to redevelop and improve the Maternity Unit which will remain in its existing buildings when the new hospital at the Southmead site opens in spring 2014.