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We will establish sustainable services through development of the right networks and collaborations across and beyond the STP footprint to improve urgent care, cancer care, elective care, maternity services, and specialist mental health and learning disability services. We are establishing the right networks and collaborating with various partners to establish clinical and sustainable services. 

Local Maternity Services

Maternity professionals and mums from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have come together to start shaping the future of maternity and newborn services across the two counties.

A ‘Delivering Choice Safely’ event, organised by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Local Maternity System, took place this week, bringing together midwives, neonatal nurses, paediatric and obstetric medical staff, alongside passionate parents to discuss how services in the two counties can continue to be developed to enable every child to have the very best start in life and reduce health inequalities.

Attendees were asked to discuss a range of topics, and explore how, by working together, improvements can be made in areas such as neonatal outreach; continuity of carer for mums-to-be; good health and wellbeing throughout pregnancy and beyond, and prematurity. Examples of outstanding practice – such as the antenatal maternity services hub at Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre – were also shared, with attendees asked to explore how these could be replicated in other areas.

Christobel Hargraves, Chair of the LMS, said: “The Local Maternity System Plan aims to turn the vision of the national Better Births report - improving care for mums, their babies and families - into a reality for the residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

“This event was an opportunity for all partners involved in delivering maternity and newborn services to come together and think innovatively about how we work across boundaries. There are fantastic examples – including the antenatal hub at Kidderminster – of where a germ of an idea, combined with huge passion, can really make a huge difference to both the maternity services we can deliver and the experience for local mums.”

Emma Mayes and Charlotte Wilkinson, Chairs of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP), said: “It was a great event, where everybody involved demonstrated how passionate they were about improving services for mums-to-be and their future families across the two counties throughout their pregnancy and birth journey. This is an exciting opportunity to work innovatively and ensure our maternity and newborn services are the best they can possibly be.”

To get involved or register your interest in joining either the Herefordshire or Worcestershire Maternity Voices Partnership call 07710075062 or email worcestershire.mv@outlook.com or herefordshiremv@outlook.com

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