Happy Birthday to the Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit

Friday 14th June marks first anniversary since the official opening of the Lister hospital’s £16.5 million Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit by Her Majesty The Queen.

In the year since Her Majesty, The Queen opened the Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit there have been some 5,250 babies born including 191 sets of twins. Around 170 babies born were supported from home, and about 30% of all babies were born in the new midwife-led unit.

The £16.5 million unit started caring for mothers back in October 2011 and has had positive feedback from mothers using the services from all over the region, including this from one new mother, “From the moment I was admitted until the time that my baby and I were discharged, the staff at Lister Hospital were absolutely amazing. The midwives that assisted me in particular were wonderful, professional and extremely supportive”.

Christine Bell, head of midwifery, said, ‘Her Majesty’s visit was a fantastic occasion and our marvellous midwifery team are honoured that the unit was named the Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit.’

“It’s been an amazing year. Whilst the new facilities within the unit are outstanding, ultimately it is the high calibre of the team caring for our mothers with professionalism and compassion that is a testament to the wonderful service provided to local mothers and their babies.”