Yeovil District Hospital receives £200,000 for Labour Ward

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By abbie_yeovil | Monday, January 28, 2013, 14:16

Yeovil District Hospital has received a £200k boost for major improvements to their Labour Ward.

The hospital are investing the money in six brand new en-suite birthing rooms in the Labour ward. None of the current facilities are en-suite, with the exception of the birthing pool room.

Bids for the funds were judged by a panel that included representatives from the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Bids were only approved where real evidence showed that local parents wanted the changes.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but it can present a real challenge for mums and families, particularly those experiencing it for the first time.

"Maternity units have had to show evidence that they asked mums and dads about what changes they need to make – so we know these are the changes local people really want to see."

James Kirton, Head of Fundraising at Yeovil said: "This contribution from the government will allow us to speed up our work to improve the Women's Health and Maternity Unit.

"Although the charitable appeal is currently focused on our Special Care Baby Unit, this work on the Labour Ward was in our plans for the future so we are delighted it is now funded."

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