Huge drop in maternity waiting times at Newham University Hospital

A patient being treated at Newham University Hospital. Picture: Barts Health Trust.

A patient being treated at Newham University Hospital. Picture: Barts Health Trust. - Credit: Archant

Expectant mothers are receiving emergency care faster after maternity services were transformed at Newham University Hospital.

Almost 75 per cent of patients are now being seen within 15 minutes of arriving at Newham’s maternity triage department compared to just 13 pc 10 months ago.

The changes were made after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) criticised the hospital’s long waiting times and poor waiting facilities.

After tracking individual patient’s journeys, staff undertook workshops in order to be able to prioritise the women most in need of the triage service.

Caterina Raniolo, project manager at Barts Health NHS Trust, said the figures showed the hospital was “on the right track”.


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She said: “These have been dramatic and impressive early results. We plan to share our knowledge with other maternity units throughout the trust.”

Around a thousand pregnant women use the maternity triage and day assessment unit each month to obtain emergency treatment.

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