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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 5, 6 December 2012
Date of Publication: 26 January 2013
Inspection Report published 26 January 2013 PDF | 78.48 KB


Inspection carried out on 5, 6 December 2012

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

Since our last inspection the maternity services at Queen�s Hospital has made a range of improvements and the care of women has improved. Women we spoke with were unanimous in saying that the care they had received was of a high standard. One woman said �they have been really helpful, I think it�s fine�, and another commented �I wanted a water birth which I got, the midwife was spot on, when she needed a break another one covered so I was never on my own�.

Women are seen more quickly in the triage area when they arrive at the hospital and more quickly when they need to be seen by an obstetrician. They are performing less caesareans sections than most other hospitals in London, but need to improve the time for carrying out emergency caesarean sections.

As part of our inspection we looked in a number of treatment rooms in the antenatal and labour wards to check that equipment was available, and that maintenance records had been kept up to date. Our inspection covered, cardiotocography monitors (CTGs - which are used by staff to monitor the condition of the baby before it is born), infusion pumps, adult resuscitation equipment and infant resuscitaries. We found that the maternity services had all the equipment it needs and that it is properly maintained.

There was sufficient experienced midwifery and medical staff to ensure women received care that met their needs. All women in labour had a midwife with them all of the time.