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Public invited to Kendal Maternity Matters event

Local mum has her say at previous Maternity Matters event in Lancaster
Local mum has her say at previous Maternity Matters event in Lancaster

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is asking local people in Kendal and the surrounding areas to talk to them about why maternity services matter to them, at a special event to be held in Kendal later this month.

The free event, titled ‘Maternity Matters in Morecambe Bay’, will take place from 11am – 2pm on Friday 20 May 2016, at South Lakes Foyer, Yard 95, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4RA20 May 2016.

The Trust is looking to talk to anyone that is, or has been, involved with maternity services, such as mums-to-be, mums, dads, carers, people who support and care for babies, and friends and families of people that have used the service, or those people that might use our services for the first time in the future.

This event is a chance for local people to talk to staff about their health, their experiences of the Trust’s maternity services, and how they want to work with the Trust and be involved in the future.

Staff from all areas of the Trust will be on hand to talk about what they are doing now to further improve maternity services, and asking for valuable feedback on any future plans or ideas to ensure that the Trust continues to offer services that the local communities want and need.

Sascha Wells, Deputy Director and Head of Midwifery, UHMBT, said: “We believe that the only way we can truly make our maternity services the best they can be is by listening to local women and families about what matters to them and what they want to see in the future.

“The last two events we have held in Barrow and Lancaster have been excellent, and have given us real examples of where we have got things right for women and where we haven’t. Feedback like this is vital to allow us to continue to make changes that make a real difference to local people.

“There are lots of opportunities for local people to get involved in our maternity services and we want to hear from as many people as possible. We understand that people may want to get involved in different ways – some might want to just receive information whereas others might want to get personally involved, for example, sitting on staff interview panels, getting involved in training, proving feedback on their experiences, etc. That is why we will be asking individuals on the day how they want to be involved and when.

“People can come along for the whole event or just pop in when they are free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there’s even a play space for the kids
so bring them along!”

This event follows the success of two similar events in Barrow and Lancaster where around 100 members of the public came along to give their views and opinions and to speak to UHMBT staff and partner health organisations about their experiences of local maternity services, and how they want to work with the Trust, and be involved in the future of the service. At these events, feedback was given on a variety of different topics, including: access to clinics; active birth rooms; continuity of care; informed choices; options for partners to stay overnight; and miscarriage support. Special videos made from both events can be seen on the Trust’s website at http://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/media-centre/uhmb-tv/.

The Trust wants people from all over Morecambe Bay to come to the event – not just those from Kendal. To help with that, the Trust will be providing transport for
those that don’t live in close proximity to Lancaster. For more information about the transport available, please call 01539 715288 or email [email protected].

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said “Over the last couple of years, we have made many improvements to our maternity services, but we know there are
still further changes that we can make to ensure services are what local people want and need. That is where we need the help of women and families in Morecambe Bay.

“We want to hear from those people that use the service now and those that have used it in the past or may do in the future. This includes partners, relatives, carers,
and those organisations or charities that support pregnant women, babies and families. We can then use your experiences; along with the feedback we have received in various other ways, to improve things further. We hope to see as many people as possible there on the day.”

You can also join in the conversation online by following the Trust on Twitter @UHMBT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHMBT, using the hashtag
#MaternityMatters.

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