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Changes in Maternity Services Across Shropshire

A review is being carried out jointly, by Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which are led by GPs, to undertake a comprehensive review of the quality and safety of maternity services across the county.

The review has been prompted for a number of reasons, including some challenges around supervisor and midwife ratios, the midwife to birth ratio and a recent high profile inquest.

Mrs Patel-Smith, a former midwife with the hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford, has taken up the new role as Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Director of Governance. Her role involves undertaking a comprehensive review of the quality and safety of maternity services across the county. Part of her aim is to provide assurance to both commissioners and providers that the services being commissioned and provided are “good and safe services”, and that “any areas of learning are also taken on board”.

Mums, mums-to-be, dads and their families have taken part in the review by providing feedback through questionnaires, focus groups across the region, social media sites and an online survey.

The five areas being addressed are patient experience, risk management within the organisation, the workforce, clinical outcomes, plus the midwife led units and how they operate.

The maternity services are due to change this time next year when the new Women and Children’s Unit at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital will be completed with consultant-led care moving from Shrewsbury.

Mrs Patel-Smith advised the starting point has been talking to people about their experiences. On the whole it is reported that the people taking part are very positive about the services they have received.

The report into the findings will be completed by October and will go to the CCG board meeting in November, when members will make their recommendations based on the findings. It is the aim of Mrs Patel-Smith to report that the areas of concern have been addressed.