Event seeks to uncover views on local maternity services

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People who have accessed maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and their support partners, are invited to share their experiences and views at an online event.

The event is being held via Microsoft Teams on Friday 16 July 2021.

Together We’re Better, the local health and care partnership, is seeking to improve midwifery services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent by offering more personalised care around the needs of pregnant people and their families.

Heather Johnstone, Together We’re Better Maternity Transformation Programme Director, said: “We need to make sure that the maternity services we are providing are meeting the needs of the local families that use them.

“But we don’t just want to hear from people who have given birth, we want to hear from anyone who has experience of the maternity services including partners, staff, and those providing support for maternity service users.

“We also want to hear about experiences relating to childbirth and ante-natal services.

“Since March 2020, we have also needed to adapt maternity services to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also wish to hear how this has affected our patients and whether it had a negative or positive impact on their experience.”

Sharon Wallis, Head of Midwifery at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), said: “UHNM, which runs Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital, Stafford, aspires to give people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent choices about their birthing experience.

“The care provided to families is clearly of utmost importance and top-quality services are rightly expected by our populations. We look forward to hearing the views from local families so that we can continue to provide the best possible service.”

Maternity services at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital are provided by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB).

Patti Paine, Director of Midwifery at UHDB, said: “We’re really looking forward to hearing the views of those who have or are planning to start a family using the maternity service in East Staffordshire. It’s incredibly important that our services meet the needs of the communities they serve, and we would really welcome all those who can to get involved.”

Feedback from people who have given birth in the last three years, are currently pregnant, or are thinking of starting or expanding their family in the next few years will help to inform and shape future maternity services.

The virtual event will be held from 10am until 12pm and will include breaks. It’s an informal event, so you do not need to worry about juggling childcare or children being present.

To make your voice count, register to attend our event.