Praise for neonatal services at Pinderfields Hospital

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Neonatal services at the district’s hospitals have been praised following a patient survey.

Bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said neonatal units at Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals were in the top 20 per cent nationally in some areas.

At Pinderfields, 94 per cent of patients said they were able to visit their baby on the unit as much as they wanted to.

The survey found that 91 per cent of patients were given the right feeding equipment for expressing breast milk.

It also found that 91 per cent of Pinderfields patients said staff referred to their baby by their name.

The 2014 Neonatal Survey found that 91 per cent were told which nurse was responsible for their baby’s care each day.

Ninety per cent of Pinderfields neonatal patients who took part in the study said they had trust and confidence in staff, Mid Yorkshire said.

Ann Brady, group manager for children’s services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This survey gives a good insight into where we are working well and where we need to improve.

“I am really pleased to see that the majority of our patients have a positive experience and feel that they are well supported here.

“This is down to the hard work of the staff in the units and I would like to thank them for their contribution and professionalism.”

At Dewsbury and District Hospital, 95 per cent of patients got answers they could understand if they asked questions about their baby’s condition and treatment

Ninety-one per cent of those who fed their baby formula milk were given enough support to do this from neonatal staff at Dewsbury.

The neonatal survey was carried out by not-for-profit charity the Picker Institute, along with NHS England and Bliss, a charity which helps premature babies.

The survey involved 88 hospital neonatal units from 72 NHS trusts UK-wide. Responses were received from 6,000 patients.