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Inspection carried out on 1 November 2016

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

We inspected Oswestry Midwife Led Unit as part of a focused inspection of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in November and December 2016. We visited the unit unannounced on 1 November 2016.

We rated Oswestry Midwife Led Unit as good overall.

  • Staff fully understood their professional responsibility to report incidents and concerns. No serious incidents had been reported between 01 November 2015 and 31 October 2016

  • Patient records were stored securely and we saw they were up to date and legible.

  • Care and treatment is delivered in line the current evidence based guidelines. Staff adhered to the trust Intrapartum Care on a MLU or Homebirth policy (June 2016), all trust wide policies and procedures were available to staff on the intranet.

  • Effective systems of communication were established between the consultant led unit and the MLU, ensuring that effective care and treatment could be delivered.

  • Women told us that they felt very well cared for and the staff were caring, thoughtful and compassionate

  • A full review of the maternity service was ongoing, looking at different ways to improve the service with models of care being scoped by the trust

  • Midwives were clear about their role and levels of accountability

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Inspection carried out on 14 October 2014

During a routine inspection

We inspected Oswestry Midwife Led Unit as part of a focused inspection of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust in November and December 2016. We visited the unit unannounced on 1 November 2016.

We rated Oswestry Midwife Led Unit as good overall.

  • Staff fully understood their professional responsibility to report incidents and concerns. No serious incidents had been reported between 01 November 2015 and 31 October 2016

  • Patient records were stored securely and we saw they were up to date and legible.

  • Care and treatment is delivered in line the current evidence based guidelines. Staff adhered to the trust Intrapartum Care on a MLU or Homebirth policy (June 2016), all trust wide policies and procedures were available to staff on the intranet.

  • Effective systems of communication were established between the consultant led unit and the MLU, ensuring that effective care and treatment could be delivered.

  • Women told us that they felt very well cared for and the staff were caring, thoughtful and compassionate

  • A full review of the maternity service was ongoing, looking at different ways to improve the service with models of care being scoped by the trust

  • Midwives were clear about their role and levels of accountability

Professor Sir Mike Richards

Chief Inspector of Hospitals