The maternity team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation
Trust (UHMBT) recently welcomed the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for two special visits.
Cathy Warwick, RCM Chief Executive, visited the Trust’s three maternity units at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Furness General Hospital, and Westmorland General Hospital.
The visit allowed Cathy to see first-hand the services the maternity team offer to women and families across the Trust, and also talk to staff from all levels about how the teams work together across the hospitals, the improvements the service has made in the last few years, and what they feel they, as NHS staff, can learn from the recent high profile reports into failings in the NHS.
The RCM came back to the Trust – this time to Furness General Hospital, to hold an educational conference for maternity services staff.
The RCM has delivered these conferences in Trusts across the country recently with the aim of raising awareness of the implications of the Francis Report for maternity services.
UHMBT’s maternity team also got the opportunity to update the RCM on the many improvements maternity services have made, and the work the Trust’s Supervisor of Midwives team have been doing in helping to support staff over recent years. Sascha Wells, Head of Midwifery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UHMBT, said: “We are really pleased that Cathy and her team could take the time out of their busy schedules to come and see what we are doing here in Morecambe Bay.”
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “I was delighted to visit the Trust.”