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Maternity service mental health boost

Investment: The maternity department at the Royal Preston Hospital

Investment: The maternity department at the Royal Preston Hospital

New mums in Preston are to benefit from a boost to the area’s maternity services.

The Royal Preston Hospital, part of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will receive £25,920 to support facilities for women suffering from mental health issues.

The cash is part of a £10million Government investment in better maternity environments in 63 Trusts across the country.

Maternity minister Dan Poulter said the aim was to improve the places where women receive care before, during and after birth. The funding will also give women more choice of where they give birth.

He said: “Making sure families receive a good experience when having a baby in NHS maternity units is a top priority for me, as both a doctor and a health minister.

“Since 2010 we have already seen huge improvements to maternity services right across the country.

“We have more midwives working in more midwife-led units, record numbers of midwives in training, more birthing pools, and more family rooms. More mums and babies are being helped to have the best start in life.

“This investment in maternity care is all already making a big difference to families, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.”

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This £10 million fund is very welcome.

“Last year, the first tranche of funding made a big difference to our maternity units and mothers, babies and families are experiencing better facilities.”

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust declined to comment.

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