A brand new maternity ward is now open at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Brancaster Ward has been refurbished and redesigned to ensure it more closely meets the needs of patients and the maternity team and is also safer.
The ward includes a brand new, purpose built, Maternity Triage Unit where mothers-to-be can be clinically assessed by a dedicated midwife and mean those who need to be seen more urgently will be prioritised.
In addition, the hospital says it has created a more welcoming reception area, admission and discharge lounge, and also three single bedded en suite rooms for those who need additional care.
Amanda Price-Davey is Head of Nursing and Midwifery for the division of Women and Children at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust. She said: “These are fantastic improvements which will have a significant and positive impact for our parents and their babies – both on the standard of care we’re able to provide, and on their experience and comfort while in hospital.
“For the first time, each bay on the ward will have its own shower and toilet room meaning mothers no longer need to walk down the corridor to use communal facilities and can remain close to their babies.
“There’s also a much larger bathroom, so that women who wish to can use water to support them in the early stages of labour and dedicated shower facility for partners spending time on the ward.”