A project focusing on the care given to women in HM Prison Low
Newton, during pregnancy, birth and for the following 12 months,
has won a prestigious Health Service Journal Patient Safety
A collaborative project sees midwives from County Durham &
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) now dedicating 30 hours a
week to the prison, working alongside the staff there and involving
colleagues from Tees Esk & Wear Valley Mental Health Trust
(TEWV). The award judges recognised that this
multidisciplinary approach and an emphasis on better communication
and clear accountability is leading to improvements in the health
and wellbeing of both mothers and their babies. The project
won the 'Maternity & Midwifery Services' category.
Fiona Dry, specialist midwife - judicial system, who manages the
project for CDDFT, said, "We're all absolutely delighted to win
this award. The pathway has been in place since December 2016
and there has been positive feedback around having a dedicated
support team and more access to a midwife on site.
"One of the most exciting things to come out of the project is
that we're now sharing it across women's prisons in the Northern
region and seeing our strategies shared so that ultimately more
women and babies can benefit."
Lisa Taylor, head of service for offender health and forensic
outreach at TEWV, added "It's great to be part of such a fantastic
project. The partnership approach and collaborative work has made a
big difference and really enhanced patient care."
Gabrielle Lee, Governor of Low Newton said "We are very proud of
the work being done to support women here. This partnership has
resulted in a joint travel scholarship for Fiona Dry and a
colleague from Low Newton visiting the Netherlands to identify
best practice there. Well done to everyone involved in achieving
Published 10th August 2018
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community