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December 10, 2009 9:50 AM

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The first babies will be born in the Southern General’s £28 million redeveloped maternity unit today.

The state-of-the-art development which includes a large three storey extension to the existing maternity, offers mums and their babies the very best in terms of accommodation and access to the latest equipment and technology.

Eleanor Stenhouse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s head of Midwifery, said: “We are delighted with the redevelopment which significantly increases the unit’s existing capacity and enables it to provide a wider range of services to mums and their babies. We have recently invested significantly in the maternity unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley , and also at the Community Midwifery Units at Inverclyde Royal Hospital and the Vale of Leven Hospital. We are thrilled therefore that regardless of where our mums choose to deliver we can offer them the highest standards of accommodation and services.”

The new maternity is also the first piece in the jigsaw that will see a truly gold standard of healthcare on the Govan site with maternity, children’s and adult acute services all together on the one site when the new £800million South Glasgow Hospital Campus is completed in 2015.
The opening of the newly developed unit will enable maternity services at the Queen Mother’s Hospital to transfer to the Southern General and the Princess Royal Maternity in early 2010 as planned and complete the move from three Glasgow maternity units to two.

Capacity has already increased at the Princess Royal Maternity following the creation of four new en-suite birthing rooms which include two new birthing pools.

Dr Stewart Pringle, Lead Clinician at the Southern General Maternity, said: “The redeveloped unit is outstanding. It allows us to look after low risk mums who are looking for minimal intervention through to high risk mothers who require significant support and medical input in a thoroughly modern and excellently equipped environment.

The redevelopment represents a significant step forward in the care of mothers and their babies.”

The redeveloped maternity boasts a number of world class maternity facilities for women and babies from across the city and beyond. These include:

· A brand-new foetal medicine unit which will provide specialist diagnostic facilities and treatment to unborn babies from across Scotland. The unit will be equipped with three treatment rooms, scanning facilities, counselling facilities and separate waiting areas

• Two state-of-the art operating theatres – one equipped with special laser technology used to provide treatment to babies while they are still in the womb (interventional foetal therapy)

• A purpose-built new labour suite with 12 labour rooms - all with en-suite toilet and bath/shower facilities and two with birthing pools, a four bedded antenatal area, high dependency beds and a five bedded recovery area, counselling rooms, a delivery room for women experiencing a stillbirth or miscarriage, kitchen and waiting facilities for visitors

• A neonatal intensive care unit with the capacity for 34 medical and surgical intensive care/high dependency cots.

• A Special Care Baby Unit with 26 special care cots for babies who require extra support and care after birth and four mother and baby rooms with en-suite facilities for babies who are relatively well. These rooms will give mothers the opportunity to stay with their baby to establish parenting skills and breast feeding prior to discharge and will also reduce the need for separation if the baby requires a short-term observation or treatment

Work will soon begin on transforming the old labour ward to provide modern, attractive accommodation for day care, assessment and early pregnancy advisory services.

Once the Queen Mother’s closes we anticipate that there will be around 5,500 births at the new redeveloped Southern Maternity and some 6,800 births at the Princess Royal Maternity each year.

Notes to Editors

Other facilities offered in the newly redeveloped maternity include:

· A refurbished ultrasound department including a waiting area as well scanning and counselling rooms.

· Two milk expression rooms allowing nursing mothers to express and store breast milk for feeding to their babies in intensive care and special care.

· Four staff rest rooms within the new buildings with staff lockers, food preparation area and TV for essential relaxation.

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 041 201 4429.

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