Today is World Patient Safety Day, a day recognised worldwide to celebrate and educate healthcare systems on the importance of patient safety.

As you would expect, patient safety is a top priority at Yeovil Hospital with staff working exceptionally hard to make sure our services run to a high standard.

This year’s focus for World Patient Safety Day is around promoting a safe childbirth and raising awareness of new innovative ways to improve safety for mothers and babies. We are incredibly lucky to have a dedicated team of maternity staff at Yeovil Hospital, who work tirelessly to provide exceptional care to our mothers, their babies and their families.

The Maternity Unit at Yeovil Hospital has four dedicated safety champions that work to ensure both national and local safety development plans are put into place around the unit, while addressing any concerns or needs of staff or patients. The champions also work closely to make sure the unit is robustly following and meeting all national standards.

Deputy Director of Quality Governance and Patient Safety Bernice Cooke said: “As always patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do here at Yeovil Hospital and we are always looking for new innovative ways of making sure all our services provide the best care for our patients, and our maternity unit is no exception.”

In an ever-changing and busy hospital, it is crucial for teams to learn from successes at other hospitals. In September 2020, the maternity unit joined the Southwest PERIPrem project, (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth) with the main purpose of reducing serious brain injury and mortality in babies born prematurely. The project is the first of its kind to be created across the South West and brings together neonatologist, midwives and obstetricians to work on 11 key factors to help better support and care for mothers and babies from arrange of ethnic backgrounds.

Bernice added: “All our teams no matter where they are based are working exceptionally hard to reduce patient safety risks. Taking every opportunity to learn and improve outcomes for patients and fulfilling the Trust’s ethos of ‘caring for you as if you are one of our family’.”

Click the link here, to listen to Chief Nurse Shelagh Meldrum further explain her role and the role of our maternity safety champions.

PERIPrem project, (Perinatal Excellence to Reduce Injury in Premature Birth) – click the link here to hear Senior Sister Debora Horta explain more.


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