Women and children first in new plans for King’s Lynn hospital

QEH looking at the A&E improvements'left to right Dorothy Hosein and Nam ANL-150525-110803009
QEH looking at the A&E improvements'left to right Dorothy Hosein and Nam ANL-150525-110803009
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Women and children are at the forefront of new improvements set for Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A midwife led maternity unit and a new area for breast cancer screening are going to be introduced into the Gayton Road site in the coming months.

QEH looking at the A&E improvements'left to right Dorothy Hosein and Nam ANL-150525-110815009

QEH looking at the A&E improvements'left to right Dorothy Hosein and Nam ANL-150525-110815009

The hospital has also unveiled its refurbished children’s treatment rooms at the A&E department.

Over the last 18 months, the department has undergone a £2 million refurbishment following recommendations made in a Care Quality Commission report.

The hospital, which was placed in special measures in 2013, is due to be re-inspected by the commission in the next few weeks.

Chief executive Dorothy Hosein said: “We are aiming for excellence.

“We want to be the best at what we can provide for our patients.”

Currently, the Castle Acre ward sees more than 2,000 births each year and more than 1,000 women are interested in a midwife led birth. The hospital’s estates department are in the process of re-configuring the space.

But managers have been criticised by women who are unhappy that a home birth service is still not being made available at the QEH.

However, Mrs Hosein said the majority of women want a midwife-led unit.

She said: “We are talking about 60 women in the area want the choice of a home birth, which is wonderful, but first we have to address the midwife choice as that is what the majority want.

“We are very clear about our vision but first we have to address the majority choice and then look at the rest. It is about how we use our workforce and we have to get it right.”

Chairman of the trust, Edward Libbey, said: “It is not about cutting costs but doing things differently. I am quite sure there are areas where we can do better than we are with the resources we have.”