UNIVERSITY Hospital of North Staffordshire maternity centre has been given the highest rating of any large service in the country making it one of the best in the country.
All hospitals with maternity services are accessed for Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) and given a rating of 0-3, with Level 3 being the highest a trust can achieve. UHNS scored 49/50 in achieving Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) Level 3, a score matched by only two other smaller trusts. Only 20 trusts nationwide have achieved CNST Level 3.
Karen Meadowcroft, head of midwifery at UHNS, said: “This is a fabulous achievement for all our women who choose to give birth here at the maternity centre in Stoke-on-Trent. The staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve this accreditation over the past couple of years and to have finally done so is commendable. To have received a near perfect score is beyond what any of us could have imagined. It has given us all a real boost and it will give mums across Staffordshire the knowledge that the service we provide here is amongst the very best in the country.”
The maternity mentre opened in 2009 and currently delivers 5,800 babies each year, and has capacity for more deliveries. The Trust recently launched a seven day consultant maternity service for the first time, meaning obstetrics and gynaecology consultants will be present on the delivery suite seven days a week.