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King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital adds purpose-designed maternity ward

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A brand new, purpose-designed, maternity ward opened at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday, following the complete refurbishment and redesign of the hospital’s Brancaster ward.

The work included removing and relocating all the internal walls to allow for a design that meets the need of parents-to-be and the hospital’s maternity team.

Importantly, it maximises safety as part of ongoing work to install fail-safe props as a result of the failing RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) make-up of the hospital.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has opened a new maternity ward. (57947996)
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has opened a new maternity ward. (57947996)

The ward includes a brand new, purpose-built, maternity triage unit where mothers-to-be can be clinically assessed by a dedicated midwife and mean those who need to be seen more urgently will be prioritised.

In addition, a new, welcoming reception area, as well as admission and discharge lounge, will speed up admission to the ward, as well as giving parents a dedicated waiting area if needed. The ward also includes three single-bedded en-suite side rooms for those with enhanced clinical need.

Amanda Price-Davey, head of nursing and midwifery for the division of women and children, said: "These are fantastic improvements which will have a significant and positive impact for our parents and their babies both on the standard of care we’re able to provide, and on their experience and comfort while in hospital.

"For the first time, each bay on the ward will have its own shower and toilet room, meaning mothers no longer need to walk down the corridor to use communal facilities and can remain close to their babies.

"There’s also a much larger bathroom, so that women who wish to can use water to support them in the early stages of labour and dedicated shower facility for partners spending time on the ward."

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