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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Surrey and Sussex wins maternity services grant

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust has won a £400,000 grant to spend on its maternity department at East Surrey Hospital.

The money will be spent increasing the numbers of birthing pools from one to four. One of which will go into the high risk area so women with complications during labour will also have the chance to use a pool.

Work in the department will start straight away and should be finished by the end of March.

The award is part of a £25m investment programme by the NHS in maternity facilities. The trust won the grant with the help of 430 who people filled out surveys supporting the unit.

Trust chief executive Michael Wilson said: “I am delighted that East Surrey has been awarded the grant. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who made this happen.”

Michelle Cudjoe, head of midwifery and divisional chief nurse, said: “Mums and dads told us they wanted a more homely environment with access to  more birthing pools and this is what we based our bid on.

“This money allows us to give women improved  choice of how and where they give birth.”

The staff at the hospital deliver around 4,500 babies a year, making it one of the busiest maternity units in the area.

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