Major funding boost for maternity unit

nbua-21-02-13-steppinghill - Julie Estcourt, head of midwifery services at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. Photo contributed.
nbua-21-02-13-steppinghill - Julie Estcourt, head of midwifery services at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. Photo contributed.
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The maternity unit at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital is to receive a major funding boost to improve and upgrade facilities.

The Department of Health has awarded the hospital £451,000 as part of a £25 million pot, which is being shared between more than 100 hospitals across the country.

It will be used to refurbish a 28-bed ante/postnatal ward, with modern bathroom facilities. Some of the bathrooms will be en-suite with the provision for partners to stay overnight.

The maternity unit will also be able to refurbish other areas including an induction room.

Julie Estcourt, head of midwifery services at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, said: “This is wonderful news for the 4,000 women who have babies in our maternity unit every year.

“We are very proud of our award-winning maternity services, but this money will help further improve the environment which is important to parents and families.

“Giving birth is one of the most emotional experiences women ever go through, and we want to facilitate their birthing partners being able to stay with them to offer support and encouragement.

“We hope the refurbishment will enhance the overall experience for women and their families who use our maternity services.”