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MP views maternity investment

11 October 2013

Local MP Hugh Bayley paid a visit to the Maternity Department at York Hospital to see first hand the improvements to maternity facilities following government funding.

Earlier this year York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was awarded £417k by the Department of Health to upgrade some of the delivery rooms on the labour ward at York Hospital. Work has now been completed, transforming tired old rooms into three brand new en-suite delivery rooms with maternity baths. The existing birthing pool room has been given a complete makeover with a second pool room created and a new coffee room for visitors.

Staff and patients have been delighted with the transformation. Matron for maternity, Chris Foster said: "We are all delighted with our new facilities, midwifes love the rooms because they are so nice to work in. They look modern and are more spacious allowing the women to have more companions to help them through labour and birth. The creation of a second birthing pool has allowed us to offer more women the use of water as pain relief during labour and birth. We’ve had a great response from the women who have used them so far."

For further information contact Elaine Vinter, communications officer, on 01904 721592 or

15 October 2013

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