MATERNITY services in Gloucestershire have received a glowing recommendation for a high standard of service after an intensive review. The top safety rating was awarded after a full two-day assessment was carried out in January.
Five key aspects of maternity services came under scrutiny, including organisation, clinical care, high risk care, communication, postnatal and new born care. The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trust's Maternity Standards are divided into three levels.
Gloucestershire Hospitals now joins only a handful of Trusts in the country to have achieved the top Level 3 CNST status.
Assessors detailed a process including interviews, document and policy checks and examination of health records and review of clinical audits to ensure that these polices and guidelines are implemented consistently in every day practice.
Divisional Director for Women and Children's Division, Paul Byrne, said: "This is the highest level to achieve nationally and is a reflection of the high quality services provided in Gloucestershire.
"The service achieved full compliance for our maternity health records.
"This is excellent news for the service and for the Trust.
"I would like to thank the CNST team who lead on our detailed preparations for the assessment and all other staff, within the Division and in other departments in the Trust, who contributed in some way to a very successful outcome".
Divisional Nursing and Midwifery Director Vivien Mortimore puts this achievement down to the commitment and dedication of all the staff involved.
"In achieving Level 3 the services has been able to successfully demonstrate that clear processes are in place to ensure the provision of high quality care for the mothers and babies who use our services across the entire maternity service, in all care settings," she said.
"This is a fantastic achievement for the services and a testament to the hard work of the whole team and it demonstrates what can be achieved with focus and the commitment of our staff. "I feel extremely proud of the service and all the staff.
"I would like to thank all the team in both maternity and neonatal services who have contributed to this significant achievement."