Stroud Maternity Unit Set for Refurbishment

24/01/13

The Trust has been successful in a bid for £150k to modernise and improve facilities for women and their babies.

The Department of Health funding means the Trust can create three new en-suite birthing rooms in the unit, where women can labour and give birth to their baby as well as recover afterwards.

Two of the rooms will include birthing pools. The upgrade will also mean that partners are able to stay overnight following delivery.

Paul Byrne, Divisional Director for Women’s and Children’s Services, said: “We know from speaking to women who’ve given birth in our hospitals that the environment in which they’re cared for is important.

“Stroud Maternity Unit was built in the 1950s and is in need of updating. This new funding will allow us significantly upgrade our facilities and give women and their families the privacy and dignity they need during and after labour.”

Stroud Maternity Unit joined the Trust on April 1, 2011. Currently around 270 women give birth at Stroud Maternity Unit. It is hoped that the upgrade, which would bring the unit into line with the facilities on offer at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s Women’s Centre and the Birth Centre at Cheltenham General Hospital, will encourage more women to choose Stroud for their births. The Cheltenham Birth Centre underwent a refurbishment in 2011 and an average of 500 babies are born there every year.

The Department of Health funding is part of a £25million project to improve maternity services in units across the country.