Maternity team at Larbert hospital scoops award

The maternity services team with their award from the Royal College of Midwives
The maternity services team with their award from the Royal College of Midwives
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The maternity team at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has scooped a national award recognising its good work.

The department was named the Royal College of Midwives Mothercare Maternity Service of the Year at a ceremony in London.

The team shared the accolade with two other hospitals as the competition was so tight. For the first time in the history of the awards, the judges could not decide a winner.

Jane Grant, chief executive of NHS Forth Valley, said: “We are delighted to win this prestigious award which recognises the dedication, commitment and innovative work of our midwives and the wider maternity team.

“I have been very impressed with the way staff continue to come up with new and exciting ideas to help improve the health of mothers and babies.”

The unit was praised for keeping a consistent and constant approach to service development at the core of everything they do.

The judges added that head of midwifery, Gillian Morton, provides strong leadership and always encourages staff to learn and innovate.

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “To win an award is a real achievement. For three maternity services to each win first place is unprecedented and a real accomplishment.

“Without midwives, their teams and colleagues from other health professions pushing at the boundaries of practice we would not see the care they are able to give to women, babies and their families.

“I congratulate these three services on their unique achievement and thank them and their colleagues for their dedication, skill and commitment to serving mothers, babies and their families.”

Maternity services transferred from Stirling Royal Infirmary to a new purpose-built facility in Larbert in 2011.

The unit has received numerous honours including a British Medical Journal Midwifery Practice Award for Excellence in Supervision of Midwives.

It has also been praised for innovative work reducing infections in newborns and improving the monitoring of drugs used to speed up labour.