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October 7, 2022 | News

Princess of Wales at Surrey Research Park to visit ‘Outstanding’ maternity unit

Princess of Wales at Surrey Research Park to visit ‘Outstanding’ maternity unit

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales visited Royal Surrey Foundation Trust’s outstanding-rated maternity unit to hear about the hospital’s work with pregnant women and new mothers.

The Princess was greeted by Mrs Caroline Breckell, Deputy Clerk to the Surrey Lieutenancy (representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux), Chief Executive, Louise Stead and Chair, Sue Sjuve. She was then whisked up to the unit that helps welcome 3,000 babies each year.

Her Royal Highness is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of early childhood experiences and wanted to find out how the maternity team, who were rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, were supporting this.

The Princess was introduced to excited members of the Jasmine Team – who help women affected by mental health illness during their pregnancy and the initial post-natal period – along with safeguarding and specialist teenage midwives.

Her Royal Highness also met Chiara and baby Maeve, who have benefitted from the team’s support and  heard about how they work closely with local services to provide tailored care for women even after they have left the hospital.

The Princess visited the bustling postnatal ward, learning how the hospital has successfully introduced the pioneering ‘continuity of care’ model. This sees women receiving support from the same team of midwives throughout their pregnancy journey and allows for a positive and trusting relationship to be built.

Finally the Princess toured our Special Care Baby Unit, which is one of only a few in the country that provides sleeping facilities so parents can stay with their new-borns around the clock.

Madeleine Woodhatch, Senior Community Midwife, who also spoke to the Princess added: “I have worked here for about 27 years and this was the most exciting day ever and something I will never forget. The Princess was just so lovely and caring.”


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