Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MPs have welcomed news of a £300,000 investment in enhanced maternity services at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, announced today.
The funding will support two new birthing pool rooms and the purchase of extra equipment including fetal monitors and incubator resuscitaires. A dedicated bereavement and counselling room will also be created to support families through the most difficult times.
The new funding for Cornwall makes up a sizeable part of a £10 million government funding package to enable NHS Trusts to improve maternity care, and give expectant mothers more choice in where they give birth.
West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly MP Andrew George said: “RCHT’s Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit has been in need of capital investment for years. So this announcement is very welcome for a service and staff which deserves support.
“In tandem with the increasingly successful campaign for safe staffing, this bodes well for the future of a safe and good quality maternity service at Treliske, which will support community midwifery and a full range of maternity options.”
Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: “This is further welcome news for Cornwall as the Government grants £300,000 for improvements at Treliske Maternity Unit. Mothers and babies from across Cornwall will soon benefit from new and improved facilities – helping to deliver Cornwall’s babies in a safe, comfortable and modern environment.”
Simon Rix, Chairman of Cornwall Council’s health advisory committee and Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Truro and Falmouth said: “I really welcome this investment. The birth of a child is such a gift and having the right equipment during and after delivery is so important, because it can mean the difference between life, death or long term disability. This money will go a long way to help keep our mums and babies safe.”