Opening of new room for pregnant women

Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Scunthorpe General Hospital.
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A home-from-home front room has been created for pregnant women and their partners on ward 26 at Scunthorpe hospital thanks to a successful bid for funding from the Department of Health.

The ‘front room’ will be officially opened tomorrow (Friday February 7) by the chair of the Maternity Service Liaison Committee (MSLC) Ruth Prentice.

The Trust received £64,198 in 2013 from the improving birth environments capital fund, with £25,926 being spent on the ‘front room’. The rest of the money has been spent on new equipment for the central delivery suite and further refurbishment work.

The ‘front room’ on ward 26 has been transformed from a staff meeting room into a comfortable non-clinical area for patients with en-suite facilities away from the main ward.

Operational matron for obstetrics and gynaecology Heather Gallagher said: “The room provides a relaxed, private area away from the main ward where couples can be together while waiting for established labour to begin outside of visiting hours, without disturbing other women on the ward.

“Previously partners have had to go home as there are no suitable facilities for them to stay on the open ward. The room offers privacy, dignity, comfort and the opportunity for couples to be together before established labour begins and they are moved to the central delivery suite.”