Cambridgeshire maternity units are now the only two rated as ‘good’ in the East of England

By Blackwater Law

Mother’s hands holding newborn baby feet

The maternity units at Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital are currently the only two maternity units in the entirety of the East of England that are rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

CQC Ratings

Both maternity units are now rated as ‘good,’ after receiving upgrades from ‘requires improvement’ when they were recently reviewed by the CQC.

The new and improved ratings mean that according to CQC data, analysed by Blackwater Law, the two maternity units are currently the only units rated as ‘good,’ in the entirety of the East of England. Currently, there are no maternity units in the region ranked as ‘Outstanding.’

Analysing the CQC’s latest data, revealing the current ratings across the East of England, the two Cambridgeshire maternity units stand out.

Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.

New-born baby in hospital

Cause for Concern

The East of England Region has 16 maternity units that are rated by the CQC. Other than Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke, all are rated as either ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate.’

Both maternity units, which are operated by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, received their ratings after CQC inspectors found improvements from their previous visits, including improvements made to staff training and skills, as well as engagement with the community and how well they worked together.

Head of Medical Negligence at Blackwater Law, Jason Brady, had this to say:

“It is concerning that there are only two maternity units in the whole region that are rated as ‘good’ and that for the majority of new mothers in the East of England, they do not have access to maternity wards that are up to the standards set by the CQC.

It is however encouraging that there appear to be improvements with the maternity units at Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke.”

Current CQC Ratings* – Correct as of 13/07/23.

*Please note, these are all available ratings currently provided for the East of England, as defined by the CQC. There may be other hospital sites providing maternity services that do not currently have a rating from CQC.

Southend University Hospital Southend-on-Sea Requires improvement
Basildon University Hospital Essex Requires improvement
Broomfield Hospital Essex Requires improvement
Luton and Dunstable Hospital Luton Requires improvement
Bedford Hospital Bedford Requires improvement
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Norfolk Requires improvement
Colchester General Hospital Essex Requires improvement
The Ipswich Hospital Suffolk Requires improvement
Peterborough City Hospital Peterborough Good
Hinchingbrooke Hospital Cambridgeshire Good
James Paget Hospital Norfolk Inadequate
West Suffolk Hospital Suffolk Requires improvement
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Norfolk Requires improvement
The Princess Alexandra Hospital Essex Requires improvement
Watford General Hospital Hertfordshire Requires improvement
Lister Hospital Hertfordshire Inadequate

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