Medway Must Improve Maternity Service

Medway Must Improve Maternity Service

Medway Foundation Trust has received a warning by the Care Quality Commission that it must implement urgent improvements to the maternity and midwifery services at Medway Maritime Hospital.
During an unannounced inspection in August the hospital was given three formal warnings after failing to meet national staff regulations workers supporters and assessing and monitoring the quality of provision.
The warning was announced today following the news that Patrick Johnson the trust’s deputy chief executive and director of operators left the trust in September.
The maternity wards delivery suite antenatal clinic and three community locations were visited by the CQC inspectors. There were also focus groups held for pregnant women.
The inspectors highlighted that staffing was a large concern due to few midwives being able to provide the level of care needed. Midwives told the inspectors it was expected that they would manage themselves.
Medicine storage was an issue after they found intravenous fluids under the sink and even on the floor.
Adrian Hughes regional director of the CQC in the south told The Nursing Times “The report we have published today shows that the trust needs to deal with staffing levels as a matter of priority – and also to support the midwives who already work there better to perform their roles.”
He continued: “We found that governance systems and management oversight of the services were not good enough and this needs to change.”
The trust was previously put under special measures after Sir Bruce Keogh’s report and a further unannounced inspection will take place in the near future.
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