'Exceptional' St George's Hospital maternity unit sees record births
St George’s NHS Trust’s maternity services received high praise at its annual general meeting.
One of the key indicators of the success of a maternity unit is the midwife to mother ratio, and at St George’s this figure is now at 1:27 compared to 1:33 in 2008.
Teresa Manders, head of midwifery services, said: “The midwifery ratio has dropped because senior midwives are not tasked with providing care themselves, they now act in an overseeing and advisory role.”
The unit dealt with 5,128 births in 2012, more than ever before, and yet the number of still births has dropped during the past four years from 40 to 14.
Serious incidents at the hospital have also dropped from 79 in 2010 to just 23 last year. Numerous new mothers and family members have came forward to laud the trust.
Emily Holyfield was effusive in her praise of the care she received at St George’s after her baby Giorgio was detected with a birth defect.
She said: “The team was exceptional. I was treated with sensitivity, but also given clear information about his condition.”
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