CREWE’s Leighton Hospital has been recognised as providing women giving birth with the best available care.

The maternity unit’s rise to the highest possible standards have been described as a ‘meteoric achievement’ by health chiefs at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The unit recently underwent a thorough review and achieved the highest rating provided by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST).

Pam Cornwall, Head of Midwifery at the Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded CNST Level 3, as it recognises that our patients are receiving an extremely high level of care.

“The rise to becoming a Level 3 Unit is a meteoric achievement, as a progression usually takes at least three years per level. However, we achieved Level 1 status in December 2010, Level 2 in March 2012, and now we have the highest available.

“I am extremely proud of the team that we have here at the Trust. It has been a mammoth journey and each and every team member has played their part in this success.

“They are amongst the most experienced and dedicated staff that I have ever worked with, and combined with our brand new facilities, I am thrilled that we can now say that the care provided here is officially amongst the safest in the country.”

The Maternity Unit at Leighton Hospital has undergone a thorough refurbishment over recent years.

The hospital now boasts a purpose-built midwifery-led unit attached to the main labour ward, with birthing pools, ambient mood lighting, en-suite facilities and a private courtyard accessible from each room.

A new high-dependency area was also created for women who require more intensive specialised care during labour, further increasing the safety of their care.

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