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Maternity unit at Royal Free hospital to get £251,000 upgrade
The Royal Free Hospital has secured more than £251,000 government funding to improve its maternity unit.
The hospital will use the cash to renovate its midwifery suites and create facilities for partners staying overnight before and after the birth.
It will also pay for a new birth centre and labour equipment including new beds in the labour ward and the refurbishment of bath and shower rooms.
Director of midwifery and gynaecological nursing Mai Buckley said: “The changes will create a homely environment that the users of maternity services often highlight as being of great importance to them.
“Providing facilities for partners to stay overnight will mean that mothers can have their loved ones close by and also potentially bring other benefits, such as shortening length of stay in hospital, easing the transition home and preventing readmission to hospital through the support and involvement of their partner in the care of the newborn baby.”
The trust was one of more than 100 hospitals to successfully bid for a share of a £25million fund from the Department of Health.