25 January 2023

Care Quality Commission inspection of maternity services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published their report into our Maternity services.

The trust was visited by the CQC on 19 and 20 October 2022 to review maternity services at Conquest Hospital, Hastings and Eastbourne District General Hospital as part of a national maternity inspection programme.

Speaking following publication of the report Vikki Carruth, Chief Nurse at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said:

“Our dedicated maternity teams work incredibly hard to support those who give birth here, and I’m very pleased that the Care Quality Commission found that our maternity services remain well-led.

“The CQC identified that we needed to improve our services to ensure we are able to provide consistently safe care, and in particular that we needed to make sure we had the right number of staff available to deliver maternity care safely. Despite the national shortage of midwives, this is something we have been working on over the last year. We have increased the size of the overall establishment of staff and we will continue to work on recruiting excellent midwives and other maternity professionals into our teams.

“We look forward to continuing to further improve our maternity services and ensure that our communities have the high quality, safe and compassionate maternity care that we want to provide and that they deserve.”

The reports are available on the CQC website.