MUMS-TO-BE will now be able to receive improved and fully-integrated maternity care, in a first for NHS trusts in the area thanks to the launch of two new maternity hubs for women local to Farnham and Cranleigh.
“We are very excited to launch our new hubs – they will be a fantastic resource for the women and babies of Surrey,” said Amy Stubbs, deputy director of midwifery for Royal Surrey.”
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is leading the way in implementing a fully evidence-based ‘continuity of carer’ approach to maternity services that improve health outcomes by providing a patient with a small group of the same midwives and clinicians they can get to know and trust.
The new hubs will provide women with ante-natal and post-natal support, with one of the local maternity teams being present for their birth.
This integrated approach to care, an approach first mooted in the 1980’s, will mean the women will already know their midwife before giving birth. This facilitates greater positive birth experiences and improves the health wellbeing of mother and child.
The hub in Farnham will be midwifery-led, while the Cranleigh hub, based in the Cranleigh Village Hospital, one of the oldest cottage hospital’s in the country, will be supported by midwives, obstetricians and consultant paediatricians. This comes as a welcome extension to the other new services now on offer in Cranleigh.
A new X-Ray department was opened a year ago thanks to £500,000 supplied by the Cranleigh League of Friends. The League, which is supported by residents of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages has a healthy bank balance and it also supports end of life care there.
Amy continued: “We hope this new integrated service and environment will give local women the added confidence and peace of mind in a time that can be very scary and anxious for them.”
Jo Mountjoy, the chief nurse for the trust, recently visited the Cranleigh hub and commented:
“This is absolutely brilliant for local mothers and will make a huge difference to how supported they feel during their pregnancy, birth, and postnatally.
“We have seen how continuity of carer can mean fewer interventions and fewer preterm births and it is just lovely to be able to provide this holistic care to women in the community.
“We would also like to say thank you to the Cranleigh League of Friends who donated the funds for the refurbishment and equipment at the Cranleigh Hub, it is greatly appreciated.”
Women who would like to enquire about registering at either hub should go to the Royal Surrey Maternity website www.royalsurrey.nhs.uk/maternity and complete a referral form.