Welcome to the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust Maternity Unit web pages.
We are situated on the ground floor and 1st floor of the Strayside Wing at Harrogate District Hospital.
The unit comprises of an antenatal clinic, antenatal day assessment unit, delivery suite and postnatal/antenatal ward (Pannal Ward). We also provide antenatal and post natal care, in the community; in GP’s surgeries, at home and in children’s centres that are situated within the Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and Yeadon/Otley areas as well as a Consultant satellite antenatal clinic at Ripon Hospital alternate Tuesdays. A home birth service is available for low risk women who are suitable.
The unit currently has approximately 2,000 deliveries annually and we welcome women from Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon and yeadon/Otley as well as the surrounding area. Our philosophy of care is to work in partnership with you to provide you and your family with a safe, friendly and effective service, aiming to provide the highest standard of care throughout your pregnancy, birth and during the first few weeks following your baby’s birth.
We offer a Pregnancy and Birth Revisited clinic to review previous labours and deliveries experiences with a senior midwife to provide plans of care for subsequent or current pregnancies.
Please ask your named midwife or Consultant for further information on this service.
How to contact us
If you have any comments about the maternity services or require further information please contact us on: 01423 553010 (office hours).
Supervisors of Midwives
What is a supervisor of midwives?
Supervision of midwifery is a legal and professional requirement and has been in place since the first Midwives Act of 1902. Every practicing midwife must have a named supervisor of midwives. A supervisor of midwives is an experienced midwife who has practiced for at least 3 years and has successfully completed a specific educational programme to enable them to perform in the role. All midwives regardless of where they work meet with their supervisor of midwives on a regular basis to ensure safe standards of practice. They have been through a local selection process and have been appointed to the Local Supervising Authority (LSA). All supervisors of midwives are accountable to the LSAMO: Neil Tomlin, Yorkshire and Humber LSA and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
What does a supervisor of midwives do?
Supervisors of Midwives ensure that the care offered to you is appropriate, given in the right place, by the right person and they will ensure that you and your baby receive safe personalised care of the highest quality.
Supervisors give guidance and extra support to both midwives and the women and families who are in their care.
They aim to set a good example to all midwives by guiding them to develop their skills and expertise through regular training and development appropriate to their role. Supervisors of midwives meet regularly as a team and with midwives to ensure that midwifery practice is in line with most recent evidence and research.
A supervisor is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support all midwives, and the women and families in their care.
How a supervisor can help you?
Supervisors of midwives are there to be a support as well as to give sound professional advice. You are entitled to talk to a supervisor of midwives in confidence if any issues arise with which you may need assistance.
Supervisors of midwives are involved in reviewing clinical practices, pathways of care, and in making information available to women, their partners and health professionals to promote normality, and in turn help to reduce the caesarean section rate if possible. In fulfilling this remit, it plays a critical role in developing the profession and ensuring standards and policies are developed to provide safe, high quality delivery of services to pregnant women.
Supervisors help by:
Providing information and education for women about normal birth that is informative, up to date, evidence based and consistent.
Support and educate health professionals to provide women with support to achieve normal birth.
Streamline the clinical pathways for women, initially first time pregnancies and those women who have had a previous caesarean section to ensure consistency.
Giving guidance and support to you and the midwife
Acting as an advocate for you
Protecting the public by promoting safe practice
Investigating concerns of health, competence, behaviour or misconduct
Responding to complaints or concerns
Listening to you about concerns with your care.
If you would like further information please pick up a leaflet which is freely available in each clinical area (Antenatal Clinic, delivery suite, postnatal ward) on the supervision notice board. The leaflet is entitled: "Supervisors of Midwives; how can they help you?"
How to contact a supervisor?
The Supervisors provide an on call service, 24 hours a day for 365 days of the year.
To contact a Supervisor of Midwives please contact the hospital switchboard on 01423 885959 and ask to be put through to the supervisor of Midwives on call. You do not need to explain to anyone why you need to speak to a Supervisor.
Within Harrogate District Hospital, we have a team of nine Supervisors of Midwives:
Alison Pedlingham Lorraine Ellis Debi Gibson
Jane Ford Debbie Winder Julie Slater
Jan Carrington Lyn Tyler
A Supervisor of Midwives is available on call 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. To contact one please call switchboard (01423 885959) and ask to speak to the Supervisor of Midwives on call.
For further information
NMC website: www.nmc-uk.org
The Friends and Family Test
The NHS wants to make sure that you have the best possible experience of care and this short questionnaire provides a way of gathering feedback so that we can understand what has worked well and where necessary, make improvements.
The Friends and Family Test commenced nationally in maternity services on 1 October 2013. You will have the opportunity to give us your views at different stages of your care pathway;
At the 36 week antenatal appointment (GP surgery, children’s centre, home or hospital)
On discharge from hospital
On discharge from the community midwife
The question you will be asked;
“How likely are you to recommend our maternity service to friends and family if they needed similar care/treatment and you will be able to select from the following responses:
Neither likely or unlikely
You will have the opportunity to provide us with narrative comments and these provide us with more information so that we can understand why you chose your particular answer.
From January 2014 the NHS Friends and Family Test results for maternity services will be published on the NHS Choices website, locally the results are reviewed on a monthly basis.
For further information please visit www.england.nhs.uk or there are leaflets available in the maternity department.