by Meyrem Hussein
Monday, February 11, 2013
There will soon be better facilities and more privacy for women giving birth at St Mary’s Hospital, thanks to a £300,000 makeover.
The money will be spent on improving the two floors of maternity services at the hospital in Praed Street, Paddington, including renovating the birthing pool room, providing four new en suite post-natal rooms, adding en suite bathrooms to two delivery rooms, refurbishing the other bathrooms and sprucing up the day room-cum-discharge lounge.
The funding is from a £25million government pot to improve maternity units nationwide.
To receive a share of the money, hospitals had to prove that their patients wanted improvements.
Keith Edmonds, director of women’s and children’s services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary’s Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to receive this funding. All the money will go towards upgrading maternity facilities. This will help us improve the patient experience.”
Health minister Dr Dan Poulter, who has shared the £25m between more than 100 hospitals, said: “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.”