Women requiring extra surveillance before or after giving birth are benefiting from an upgrade in facilities in Sheffield.
The new Advanced Obstetric Care Unit on the labour ward at the Jessop Wing hospital offers improved privacy and dignity for woman.
The unit cares for women who suffer complications such as major haemorrhage or high blood pressure, or who have complex medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiac complications, renal problems or sepsis.
Dotty Watkins, nurse director and head of midwifery at Jessop Wing, said: “The new unit offers excellent facilities for women who require additional support and treatment.
“It also takes into consideration the need for a calm and peaceful environment for women and their families at what can be a worrying time.
“The unit’s doors are automatic, to allow us to transfer beds more easily and quietly, we have a private bereavement room for couples who sadly suffer the loss of their baby, and also an isolation room for women with infections where they can be barrier nursed with increased comfort.”
The unit was designed following a consultation with women on how they wanted the area to look and feel.
Improvements include high-quality washing facilities, better lighting and a spacious design to allow for improved privacy and dignity at the bedside.
The midwife and nurses station is also placed behind a glass screen, which allows women and their babies to be discreetly monitored.
The official opening of the unit saw Tony Pedder, chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, unveil a commemorative plaque.