Cash for maternity ward improvements

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EXPECTANT mothers can look forward to a more homely environment to give birth in after a maternity ward has been awarded a cash grant.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, has been given £83,000 to spend on equipment and facilities for its maternity service.

The money comes from a share of £10m being awarded from the government to improve care for mothers and babies.

Gill Walton, the director of midwifery, said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this money and we believe it will enhance the experience families have when they have babies with Portsmouth maternity services.

‘Involving fathers and the wider family is really important and by purchasing some reclining chairs we are hoping that particularly when a mother or baby is unwell the family can stay together.’

The government said the 63 successful trusts which received the cash are all in areas where the birth rate has risen rapidly and will provide a boost to the economy, as local companies and building firms will be tasked to carry out the work.