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Maternity unit found 'inadequate' after unannounced inspection


After concerns were raised regarding safety and quality of care for women and babies at the Jessop Wing maternity unit in a Sheffield Teaching Hospital, an unannounced inspection found the unit to be 'inadequate'. 

Whilst the Care Quality Commission found the maternity service had some good areas which included staff feeling respected and supported, there were concerns raised regarding midwife shortages and whether the staff had the knowledge and experience to run the service appropriately. 

As a result of the report, several actions were taken to impose conditions on the maternity unit which included proper training of staff, improving infection control and ensuring staff were able to follow the correct safety procedures regarding urgent or serious incidents and proper storage of medicines.

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Source: HSJ, 9 June 2021

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