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Top Level Care Provided at Cheshire Maternity Unit

Medical lawyers often see bad outcomes from maternity units such as cases of brain injury, neonatal death and stillbirths. We know that these adverse incidents represent a tiny minority of the total number of births; yet it does not make our work less challenging or at times, harrowing. We generally only see bad outcomes rather than the many instances of exceptional care which are provided at NHS hospitals up and down the country.

It was therefore a pleasant surprise to read in the Crewe and Nantwich Guardian recently that the hospital local to me, Leighton Hospital in Crewe, has been recognised as providing women giving birth with the best available care. The paper quoted  Pam Cornwall, Head of Midwifery at the Trust, as saying: “I am delighted that we have been awarded CNST Level 3 (the highest rating provided by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts), as it recognises that our patients are receiving an extremely high level of care.

"The rise to becoming a Level 3 Unit is a meteoric achievement, as a progression usually takes at least three years per level. However, we achieved Level 1 status in December 2010, Level 2 in March 2012, and now we have the highest available.

"I am extremely proud of the team that we have here at the Trust. It has been a mammoth journey and each and every team member has played their part in this success. They are amongst the most experienced and dedicated staff that I have ever worked with, and combined with our brand new facilities, I am thrilled that we can now say that the care provided here is officially amongst the safest in the country.”

The Trust has clearly taken huge strides to improve its ratings and I hope will lead to women across Cheshire benefiting from safe care in the hospital’s maternity unit.