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A message from our Head of Midwifery, Sarah Petty and Interim Chief Nurse, Helen Dobson

01 Apr 2022 14:51:33
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Following the publication of the second and final Ockenden Report into Maternity Services, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust would like to express our heartfelt condolences to all the families affected.

Maternity Services in England are under a lot of scrutiny and surveillance, focusing on Maternity safety, to ensure that the services we provide to our mothers, families and their babies are safe, kind and personalised. The report is a difficult read for all, and we would like to reassure everyone who uses our services, as well as our colleagues, that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is committed to improving outcomes for women and babies. We have implemented a number of quality improvement initiatives to improve the care that we offer, following best practice guidance. We work very hard to ensure that our service is open and honest in our approach to reporting and investigating incidents, with an embedded culture of learning and striving to provide patients with outstanding care and birth experiences.

We will continue to work with our teams and our service users to further embed the learning from the second Ockenden report.  We will continue to listen to the views and feedback from women and families who use our Maternity Services and ensure that we fully engage with families on all service improvements and developments.

We appreciate that many of you may be upset by the report and we encourage you to discuss any concerns with your Midwife.

You can see our response and actions following the first Ockenden report here.