Maternity changes on the Isle of Wight

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 

CHANGES are being made to maternity services on the Isle of Wight following a study carried out with new mums.

The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to two recommended changes made following the Healthwatch Isle of Wight report.

They include the need to obtain permission from parents before babies in neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) were bottle-fed and the reformation of the Maternity Service Liaison Committee, a way for parents to be included in the future of services.

The study, which gathered 187 surveys of personal experiences by new Island mums and 200 pieces of feedback from face-to-face meetings, was the most comprehensive study of its type ever undertaken on the Island.

Healthwatch Isle of Wight locality manager Gretel Ingham said: "The survey found the overwhelming feedback very positive about maternity services delivered on the Island but, as you would expect from such a comprehensive survey, there were a couple of areas identified where parents felt good services could be made even better.

"We are delighted that the CCG has acknowledged this and agreed to implement these changes. The message this sends out is that those responsible for health services on the Island are prepared to listen to patients and to act on feedback."

Non-executive director for Healthwatch Isle of Wight Zoryna O'Donnell said: "We had so much support for the survey both from individual mums and also from organisations such as the Island’s children’s centres. It is therefore extremely pleasing that all this cooperation has resulted in positive change that will help make the experiences of mums and new-born babies on the Island even better."

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