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Following this first inspection of the hospital’s maternity services, they have been rated as ‘requires improvement.’
The inspections, carried out as part of the CQC’s national maternity services programme, were the first time that maternity services at The Whittington Hospital were rated as a standalone service.
The hospital, which The Whittington Health NHS Trust runs, had issues around the staffing and safety processes.
The inspectors found:
Carolyn Jenkinson, CQC’s Deputy Director of Secondary and Specialist Healthcare and maternity inspection programme lead, said:
“During our inspection of Whittington Hospital maternity services, we found a leadership team that had the skills and abilities to run the service. They had a clear understanding of the challenges within the service, and we need to see them using those skills to take action address the issues we found at this inspection.
“Women in triage weren’t always being prioritised according to their clinical need using best practice guidance which could put them at risk.
“The hospital also has some work to do to ensure their facilities meet the needs of people using the service and their families. The labour ward rooms weren’t ensuite so women needed to use communal showers and toilets which didn’t always meet the needs or the privacy and dignity of women and birthing people.
As part of the report, the CQC identified some positive hospital practices.
If you or a loved one has suffered from poor maternity care administered by The Whittington Hospital, you should speak to a birth injury solicitor about your options for possible recourse.
You may be entitled to make a no-win, no-fee birth injury or medical negligence compensation claim to help you secure the funding, or the treatments required to put things right.