Mums have their say on the best hospitals to give birth at in the North East – see how yours fared – Chronicle Live

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Two North East hospitals have been voted among the best in to give as the region once again outperformed the rest of the country in a survey of mothers.

The annual poll – which asked 17, about their experiences of and birth – found an improvement in the standard of care offered to new mothers on wards nationally.

The poll, from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), showed many women saying about their care during pregnancy and birth, but a poorer experience of care postnatally.

Results published on Tuesday, January 28, showed that a fifth of new mothers were not told how to access if their were to decline after birth and more than one in 10 (12%) were not warned about any changes they might experience to their mental after having their .

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Royal was the best performing nationally with the most positive responses to the survey (88%) when compared to trusts and a national average of 78%.

And the Newcastle upon Tyne upon Tyne Hospitals , which runs the Royal Infirmary, was the only trust to be rated ‘better than expected’ in all three main categories – and birth, staff during and birth, and care in hospital after the birth.

Gateshead, Northumbria (which covers Northumberland and North Tyneside) and County Durham and Darlington trusts scored ‘about the same’ as other trusts overall.

was no data available for South Tyneside due to the size of the maternity unit.

The poll was among women who gave birth in February 2019.

Sunderland Royal Hospital

High-scoring categories for Hospitals Sunderland included 9.8/10 of women saying they were treated with respect and dignity during labour and birth and 9.8/10 who they were spoken to during labour in a way they could understand.

Newcastle’s highest scoring categories for the Royal Victoria Infirmary were also ‘respect and dignity’ (9.8/10) and partners being involved as much as they wanted (9.8/10).

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the Northumbria Specialist Care Hospital in Cramlington, scored 9.7/10 for partners being as involved as they wanted and for clear .

QE Gateshead scored 9.9/10 for involvement and 9.3/10 for both skin to skin contact after birth, and the cleanliness of the ward.

County Durham and Darlington were rated ‘better’ than other trusts in the country for confidence and trust in staff (9.5/10) and receiving the  and explanations they needed after the birth (8.6/10).

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Stella Wilson, directorate for women’s services, at Newcastle Hospitals, said: “We’re delighted to see such wonderful feedback from Maternity Survey.

“Patient feedback is one of the best ways for to measure the quality of our maternity services and in addition to these fantastic results and through our Maternity Voices Partnership, we actively seek the views of all women across Newcastle who have been in our care.”

Sheila , of at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “To be rated nationally as the best performing Trust in the whole country is absolutely fantastic for the and shows that local mams are receiving the very best maternity care right in Sunderland.

“This is testament to the hard of our maternity team and shows the level of care, dedication and compassion that our staff show to all of the families who choose to deliver with us and extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful team.

“There are, of course, areas where we must improve further and we will be looking at the results in detail, alongside other sources of feedback to the Trust, to make sure we continue to listen, learn and continue to develop the very best maternity services for local women in our area.”

Lesley Heelbeck head of midwifery at Gateshead Health said: “In Gateshead we have a really enthusiastic and committed team so it’s good to see such positive ratings from the CQC. Mothers and families are central to developing the services here at Gateshead so we’re always looking at ways we can improve.

“We’ developed our maternity voices partnerships so that we can talk to local and listen to their views more closely. Because we’re a smaller unit we aim to provide much more personal and individual care to everyone who comes here to give birth.

“We want as many local people as possible to come here and start their with us and we aim to improve even further in the future.”

A for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Pregnancy, labour and are one of the most experiences women have and we’re delighted to have received this excellent feedback from women in the care of our maternity services.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, Northumberland

“In particular, we’re proud that in six categories our score was higher than for most trusts across the country.

“These the number of women who said they had confidence and trust in those caring for them during labour and birth and the number of women who said their decisions about how they wanted to feed their baby were respected.

“We’re also delighted that we scored above the national average for the number of women reporting that a or health visitor asked them about their mental health.”

Jenna Wall, head of midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Providing our families with the best possible experience while having a baby with us is one of our top priorities and we welcome the feedback from the national maternity survey.

“We are pleased that during labour and birth women felt they were communicated with in a way they could understand, they were treated with respect and dignity and they had confidence and trust in the staff caring for them.

“It is also that we have scored highly on facilitating skin to skin contact with the baby shortly after birth, involving partners and enabling them to as as they want at our Northumbria hospital.

“These results are testament to our hard-working teams and I’d like to thank them for the dedication and compassion they show to women and their partners at this special .

“We will, , continually strive to do even better for our families and further improve the care during and after the birth of a baby.”

See how your trust scored here and how it compared nationally to other trusts:

City Hospitals Sunderland (South Tyneside & Sunderland)

Labour and birth – 9.2/10 – About the same

Staff – 9.3/10 – Better

Care in hospital after the birth – 9.0/10 – Better

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Labour and birth – 8.9/10 – About the same

Staff – 8.8/10 – About the same

Care in hospital after the birth – 7.6/10 – About the same

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Labour and birth – 8.8/10 – About the same

Staff – 8.6/10 – About the same

Care in hospital after the birth – 7.8/10 – About the same

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Labour and birth – 8.9/10 – About the same

Staff – 8.8/10 – About the same

Care in hospital after the birth – 7.8/10 – About the same

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Labour and birth – 9.4/10 – Better

Staff – 9.3/10 – Better

Care in hospital after the birth – 8.5/10 – Better

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