Major revamp to maternity ward unveiled

Part of the refurbishment of Rothschild ward

Part of the refurbishment of Rothschild ward

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by

EXPECTANT mothers can help their newborns greet the world in a little more comfort thanks to a major refurbishment at a Stoke Mandeville maternity ward.

The revamp has seen each of the six-bedded bays within the ward upgraded with an ensuite bathroom and toilet, which has better access for wheelchair users.

The improvements have been made to the Rothschild maternity ward, located in the hospital’s Claydon Wing.

The existing bathroom, toilets and nurses’ station have also been upgraded and new flooring laid throughout the area.

Audrey Warren, head of midwifery, said: "We are delighted with the changes and transformation of the ward. We now have facilities that can be easily accessed by all patients to ensure they have the best possible experience during their stay on our ward, which is what we as a team constantly strive for. In addition, this work compliments our other state-of-the-art labour and neonatal facilities developed over the past few years on this site."

The unit was given £996k from central government in 2013 to improve the facilities for pregnant women, new mums and their families. The midwifery team decided to focus on improving the environment for women on the ante-natal and post-natal ward.

Rothschild ward provides care for mums-to-be who require additional monitoring during pregnancy and postnatal care to mums and their babies. The ward is located in the Claydon Wing at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The revamp comes after Doctor led maternity services controversially transferred to Stoke Mandeville in 2009, leaving a midwife-led maternity unit still operating at Wycombe Hospital.

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8:09am Fri 25 Apr 14

ThePedant says...

Excellent. They now have a toilet. I wonder how they managed previously. The mind boggles
Excellent. They now have a toilet. I wonder how they managed previously. The mind boggles ThePedant
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9:19am Fri 25 Apr 14

I know who I am says...

Would still be better to have our hospital and all its facilities back in Wycombe
Would still be better to have our hospital and all its facilities back in Wycombe I know who I am
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11:16am Fri 25 Apr 14

Darren Hayday says...

This should have been added to Wycombe Hospital. We should also be bringing back our lost A&E as well.

We have been continually let down by those in charge.

I hope that one day, justice will prevail and that we see a return of both. Then I would be very happy as would most of the population of Wycombe and the surrounding area's as well.
This should have been added to Wycombe Hospital. We should also be bringing back our lost A&E as well. We have been continually let down by those in charge. I hope that one day, justice will prevail and that we see a return of both. Then I would be very happy as would most of the population of Wycombe and the surrounding area's as well. Darren Hayday
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4:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

SaveWycombeHospital says...

'facilities that can be easily accessed by all patients' hmm... tell that to the women who have given birth before reaching SM... :/
This is great news but we need a fully functioning maternity unit in Wycombe too.
Please continue to help the cause: www.savewycombehospi
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'facilities that can be easily accessed by all patients' hmm... tell that to the women who have given birth before reaching SM... :/ This is great news but we need a fully functioning maternity unit in Wycombe too. Please continue to help the cause: www.savewycombehospi tal.wordpress.com SaveWycombeHospital
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