If you are planning on coming to Darlington or Durham to have
your baby, we understand you may have some worries following
reports in the local press this week.
We would like to offer reassurance that an independent report of
our maternity services did conclude that the services are safe.
The report did also highlight areas for improvement and areas of
potential risk. We are acting on these with support from NHS
England and local clinical commissioning groups particularly to
improve team working and relationships within the service.
We have put in place new arrangements to manage and support twin
pregnancies and deliveries in Darlington. Ante-natal clinics will
continue at Darlington Memorial Hospital under the care of a
specialist from South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, and deliveries
will be managed at James Cook Hospital. Annually, we deliver around
3,000 babies at Darlington Memorial Hospital. Approximately 25 -30
of these will be twin deliveries.
This is a relatively low number and by working with South Tees
Foundation Trust on the new arrangements it will mean our
multi-disciplinary team is able to benefit from exposure to
specialist skills and experience. The arrangements also mean we can
offer our ladies local access to a specialist through twin
pregnancy clinics at Darlington and assurance that their delivery
will also take place under this specialist care. If you are booked
to have twins with us at Darlington Memorial Hospital then one of
our midwives will be contacting you, if they have not already, to
talk you through the changes.
If you do have any concerns or questions about your planned
delivery then please contact your named midwife.
If you would like more information on how you can share
compliments, comments, concerns or complaints about any of our
services please visit our website: /tell-us-what-you-think.aspx
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital