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CQC carried out a period of listening activity at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in December 2013 and January 2014. The report from that exercise, which informed our inspection in May 2014, is available below.

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 7 November 2012
Date of Publication: 13 December 2012
Inspection Report published 13 December 2012 PDF | 94 KB

Overview

Inspection carried out on 7 November 2012

During a routine inspection

We took the opportunity to speak with many women during our visit and found that they were generally very complementary about the care and dedication of the staff looking after them. We were told that communication was good, staff referred to individual birth plans and women felt supported and listened to. A woman and her partner told us that they were aware that there was a virtual tour of the maternity unit on the hospital’s website. We spoke with women attending antenatal appointments, during labour and on the post natal ward. All told us that they were very happy with the care they had received. One person commented, “It was really good.” Another said “I feel really supported and safe here”.

Women were happy to talk with us and confirmed that they were generally very happy with their care. They said they been provided with enough information and had their treatment fully explained with them. One woman commented, “I wanted to be quite flexible on the day.” Another told us that they had brought their birth plan in when they were due to give birth, and staff had referred to it during her labour. They all told us that they would recommend the unit to friends.