A review of 'The North West London maternity and neonatal service transition in July 2015', has found that changes to these services, were made safely.
Women across North West London are now seeing improvements to their care as a result of changes made to maternity and neonatal services.
To improve the quality of care for mothers and babies, maternity services in the region underwent significant change in July 2015, including the closure of Ealing Hospital’s maternity unit and development of community services.
These clinically-led changes were essential to respond to the increasing number of women with complex health needs during pregnancy; provide consistent high-quality maternity care by concentrating staff, expertise and resources in fewer centres and; increase the number of midwives and the hours of senior consultant cover.
Although women can no longer give birth at Ealing Hospital, antenatal and postnatal care clinics are still available at 19 locations across the borough, including at Ealing Hospital.
The review of the transition showed that all women booked to give birth at Ealing Hospital prior to the changes had their care transferred safely to nearby hospitals. All women across North West London now benefit from improvements to care including:
- improvements to the midwife to birth ratio across North West London to meet national standards
- all six maternity units have increased hours of senior consultant cover
- 100 new midwives have been recruited in North West London as a result of these changes
- in Ealing there is now improved continuity of care, with antenatal and postnatal care now delivered closer to people’s homes
- we are also piloting a new perinatal mental health service for the area.
The full report is available to download here: https://www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk/documents/maternity