Burnley General Hospital baby unit gets ‘clean bill of health’

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INSPECTORS from a specialist authority that runs a clinical negligence scheme for hospital trusts have given a clean bill of health to the care given to Burnley’s mums-to-be and new babies.

It follows a formal inspection by the NHS Litigation Authority when assessors checked the clinical risk management and standards of maternity care given at Burnley General and the Royal Blackburn Hospitals by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

They looked at ante-natal services, childbirth and delivery, postnatal services including care of the newborn, midwifery-led care, obstetric anaesthetics and obstetric ultrasonography.

All NHS organisations providing maternity services are assessed against standards based on national guidance and can be graded from 0 to 3. The Litigation Authority gave the Trust a level 2 accreditation.

The inspectors said management of patient safety and clinical risk were given a high priority within the maternity service and did not make any specific recommendations to maintain higher national standards introduced last year and which staff at the Trust had reached.

The Trust’s deputy chief executive and director of clinical care and governance, Lynn Wissett, said: “I am delighted with our fantastic performance in the NHSLA’s rigorous assessment in Maternity Services. The Trust scored 49 marks out of 50 in inspections covering governance procedures, the competence and capability of its workforce, the quality of its clinical care, and ways in which it has learned from experience.

“The inspectors’ seal of approval shows that protecting patient safety is part of our culture, and always at the front of everyone’s minds.

“Only a tiny minority of acute hospital trusts have received this accreditation, so it is something for us all to be very proud of.”