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Wyre Forest maternity team scoop Innovation Award

Midwives and maternity professionals in the Wyre Forest are celebrating success after winning the Innovation Award at the Midlands Maternity and Midwifery Festival Awards yesterday (Wednesday 25 April).

The Awards recognise outstanding achievement and commitments by maternity staff. The Innovation Award was awarded to the Wyre Forest Maternity Hub – a ‘one stop shop’ antenatal and postnatal service based at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.

The Hub – bringing community and hospital services together under one roof for the first time – is the first of its kind in the country. It has proved so successful other areas now looking to develop similar models of care.

Having community and hospital services together means pregnant women can access and receive any care they need - throughout their pregnancy and afterwards - quicker and easier.

Karen Chapman, Maternity Hub Team Leader, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the award, so to win was fantastic. Delivering the services at the Hub is a real team effort, and the whole team is walking on air today. “It is great to be recognised for the work that we are doing to really make a positive difference to pregnant women and new mums in Wyre Forest.”

Having a ‘Maternity Hub’ means community midwives, scanning midwives, antenatal clinic midwives, consultants and specialist advisors all work together, referring women into each other’s services on the same day – and often within just a few hours.

The Wyre Forest Maternity Hub opened in November 2016 and is gradually expanding what it can offer – with the latest addition being newborn hearing tests. The developments are in line with the recommendations laid out in NHS England’s Better Births document which sets out a vision for a modern maternity service that delivers safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby.

The centre has also been made more child-friendly, with a playhouse and children’s activities kindly donated by the Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends.