Countess Of Chester Hospital

01244 365000 The Countess Of Chester Health Park , Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1HJ
http://www.coch.nhs.uk

4 out of 5 stars

Based on 147 ratings for this hospital

Maternity services

This Department is managed by Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Women & Children's Building
01244 365000

The overall philosophy of Maternity Services is to provide each woman with the appropriate care, at the appropriate time, for the well being of both mother and baby. All women are booked for Midwifery Led Care unless the risk assessment undertaken at booking indicates that Consultant care is required, care is then shared between the Midwife and Consultant Team.

To support women who require additional assessment during pregnancy the hospital has a well established Obstetric Day Unit, Fetal Medicine, Medical Disorders and High Risk Clinics.

The majority of women are booked by their community midwife at their local Children's centre. For women in the Halton area a weekly Consultant clinic is held at Halton Hospital.

All women carry a Hand Held Maternity Record which contains all pregnancy related information. The latest version was updated in 2011.

Obstetric ultrasound is carried out by qualified Ultrasonographers in the Maternity Ultrasound Department and a range of scans are offered in line with NICE guidance. In 2011 first trimester screening was introduced as recommended by the National Screening Committee.

The Central Labour Suite has an assessment area, 10 delivery rooms which includes a purpose built Waterbirth Suite and Family Bereavement Room, a theatre and high dependency capacity. The midwives work with women with a focus on normality and mobilisation is encouraged in labour. Each shift is lead by an experienced shift leader. There were 3228 births in 2010.

The post natal ward has a Transitional Care Unit allows babies to receive special care, either with or without a preceding stay in the Neonatal Unit. This reduces the separation of mother and baby.

The Anaesthetics Department provides 24-hour emergency cover which ensures access to mobile epidurals.

Things you should know

Whose who in Maternity Services

Julie Fogarty (Head of Midwifery)
Mr D Semple (Clinical Director)
Mr J McCormack (Clinical Lead Obstetrics)
Dr S Brigham (Consultant Obstetrician)
Mr N Haddad (Consultant Obstetrician)
Mr M Ibraheim (Consultant Obstetrician)
Dr J Davies (Consultant Obstetrician)
Mr J Hawe (Consultant Obstetrician)
Mr S Wood (Consultant Obstetrician)
Dr L Dinardo (Consultant Obstetrician)
Jill Ellis (Specialist Midwife-prenatal diagnosis)
Janet McMahon (Quality Improvement Facilitator)
Janet Beech (Infant feeding coordinator)
Carla Malpeli (Screening Coordinator)

Friends and Family Test Score for February 2018: Maternity

The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is a survey which gives patients an opportunity to give feedback on the quality of the care they receive. This gives hospitals a better understanding of their patients’ needs, enabling them to make improvements.

Find out more about FFT including NHS England’s guidance on maternity services.

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Services provided on-site in this hospital

How likely are you to recommend our antenatal service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?

NA

Total responses: 3

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How likely are you to recommend our labour ward/birthing unit to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?

94%

Total responses: 31
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How likely are you to recommend our postnatal ward to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?

90%

Total responses: 20
14 out of 20
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Services provided in the home or community

How likely are you to recommend our antenatal service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?

NA

Total responses: 0

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How likely are you to recommend our postnatal community service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?

92%

Total responses: 13
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Latest reviews of this service

Can't praise the staff enough

My partner and I recently found ourselves being looked after by staff from both neo natal services and maternity services after our pregn...

17 March 2018

Thankyou!

I had my 2nd baby in May 2017 and I can’t believe how much the ward had improved since I had my first baby in 2013, I got told it was und...

29 January 2018

Fantastic team

In November 2017 I had my second baby at the countess, again I cannot fault the care that I received there. A special thanks to the c...

2 December 2017

The birth of my grandson

My grandson arrived one week ago today, after a fairly straight forward pregnancy. My daughter was induced, as she had gestational diabet...

1 October 2017

20 week ultrasound scan, better communication required.

Upon arrival staff are friendly and welcoming, the actual 20 week ultrasound scan went very well. Whereby we received a quick, fast and p...

28 July 2017

Last updated on 07 March 2013.

Information supplied by Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust