Revamp for Derby's maternity units thanks to £180k Government cash
DERBY'S hospitals are among 100 across the UK receiving a share of £25 million to improve and upgrade its maternity services.
Two months ago, the Government invited NHS organisations to apply for a slice of the cash – with bids approved if it was felt their local parents "wanted the changes".
Applications were judged by a national panel which included representatives from the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
And Derby's hospitals trust has been given £179,440 to enable it to revamp its facilities.
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It is not yet known exactly how it will spend the cash.
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.
"We are now going to see huge improvements to maternity services right across the country – from birthing pools to family rooms and even new midwifery-led units.
"These will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services – with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.
"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."
Royal College of Midwives chief executive Cathy Warwick said: "It is great to learn about the positive changes that this extra £25 million will make to many units across the country."