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Rebirth of Royal Alexandra Maternity Unit

April 27, 2009 4:06 PM

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The maternity unit of Royal Alexandra Hospital has been “reborn” thanks to a major £2.4million refurbishment.

The revamped maternity unit now boasts nine delivery suites, all ensuite, air-conditioned and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

The new delivery suites not only include medical gas and air and emergency resuscitation equipment, but also CD players so that mums-to-be can listen to their favourite music and relax during labour.

One theatre and the neonatal intensive care unit have been completely re-equipped, with work underway on the second theatre and recovery area. There is also a triage area where mums can go to discuss any concerns about their pregnancy with midwives.

The family room has been refurbished providing a tranquil private area for women and their families who experience pregnancy loss.

The RAH also includes a community midwife unit with four birthing rooms offering a birthing pool, hypno-birthing and aromatherapy facilities.

While this major refurbishment work was underway the unit kept services running and a total of 1847 babies were born in the temporary labour ward between May 13 and December 8 last year.

In fact old and new operated side by side and the careful planning meant that there was no disruption to services.

Claire Stewart, Clinical Service Manager, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Clyde, said:

“It’s not just about the equipment, we want to create an environment where women feel calm and confident.

“And so we provide one to one care in labour because that is the Royal College of Midwives recommended good practice.”

The two in-patient wards accommodate 49 beds and cots incorporating four bedded bays and single rooms for patients who require more specialised care.

The décor and lighting has all been planned to give a feeling of calmness and tranquillity to enhance the experience for new mums and babies.
Claire added: “Extensive planning was undertaken to ensure that during the refurbishment there was minimum disruption to services and that plans were in place to make sure we were prepared for all contingencies.”

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.
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