Kingston Hospital, Croydon Health Services and St Georges Hospital in Tooting among those set to share £25 million to improve maternity services.
Hospitals in South West London are among those set to share £25 million to improve and upgrade their maternity units.
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter announced today that the money will go towards a wide range of projects, including new birthing pools, better equipment and more en suite facilities.
Kingston Hospital, Croydon Health Services and St Georges Hospital in Tooting are among those who have submitted successful bids to the Government since last November.
“We are now going to see huge improvements to maternity services right across the country – from birthing pools to family rooms and even new midwifery-led units,” said Dr Poulter.
“These will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.”
Kingston Hospital has been awarded £219,000 towards the installation of a third birthing pool as well as to provide overnight facilities for partners, while Chelsea & Westminster Hospital was successful in securing £274,000 towards four en suite bathrooms.
Croydon Heathcare will receive £309,000 in order to provide partners’ facilities and to improve the level of appropriate birthing equipment, while St Georges Hospital in Tooting will receive £49,000 to improve bathroom facilities on all wards.
The Royal College of Midwives’ Chief Executive, Cathy Warwick, said:
“Dozens of new birthing pools, eight new midwife-led units, more en suite facilities in dozens of units, and lots more besides. It is great to learn about the positive changes that this extra £25m will make to many units up and down the country.”