Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Our response to the latest Ockenden independent review

You may have seen across the media the outcome of Donna Ockenden’s independent review of the findings, conclusions and actions from the independent review of maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. The report provides vital insight: not only for maternity services but health and social care in general.

We have reviewed the report and we are committed to compassionate, high quality maternity care for all mothers and their families. Our maternity colleagues are committed to listening, hearing, and responding to your feedback and always keen to improve.

At Chesterfield Royal Hospital FT, we continually appraise the exceptional maternity care we provide and review women’s and family experience regularly.  We are actively undertaking a dedicated maternity transformation programme to ensure that we continue to learn and continue to improve.

The first “Ockenden” report published in December 2020, highlighted the importance of making families’ voices central to how we provide maternity services. Our latest CQC maternity patient survey was above average which is testament to the care and compassion of all our staff in maternity services.

We are committed to listening to women and their families, involving them in the way we design, develop and improve services. We put families at the heart of complaints and investigations so we can listen, learn and provide the safe service we are proud of.

The final “Ockenden” report provides further areas of learning that we regard as critical to ensuring the safety of our maternity services.  We will continue to ensure women, their families and staff voices are at the heart of what we do.

Alongside our Derbyshire Maternity and Neonatal Voices (DMNV), Anne Marie Matarrese, and the Maternity Leadership Team, we will communicate regularly through the DMNV social media pages, and our trust maternity services webpage of what services we offer, and how best we can serve you during your maternity journey.

We want all women and their families to have a positive experience of pregnancy, birth, and aftercare with our maternity teams. If you or anyone you know is concerned, or feels impacted by the current news, please feel free to speak directly with your midwife in the first instance, or you can contact the new Director of Midwifery, Amanda Mansfield MBE.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT is embedding the recommendations and actions from both parts of the Ockenden Review. The maternity transformation programme continues to be underway with further continuous improvements ongoing.

Anne Marie Matarrese

Chair, Derbyshire Maternity and Neonatal Voices

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Amanda B Mansfield MBE

Director of Midwifery

Julie Mycock

Deputy Head of Midwifery

Jenny Parratt

Clinical Director Obstetrics

Krishna Kallianpur

Chief Nurse and Executive Maternity Safety Board Champion

Jayne Stringfellow

Non-Executive Director – Maternity Safety Champion

Jo Keogh

Divisional Director, Family Care Division


COVID-19 Update

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If you have any questions about your personal situation then please call your midwife and they will be more than happy to talk through your queries and questions. There are also contact numbers for you on your hand held notes.

We have also set up an advice line, specifically for pregnant ladies only, where you can ask any questions you might have about COVID-19 and your pregnancy. This includes what to do if you are experiencing symptoms (a new, continuous cough or high temperature above 37.8 degrees Celsius) or if you and your family have to self-isolate.

The number to call is 01246 512361 and this will be manned between 08:30 and 16:30. If you need advice outside of these hours then you will find contact numbers on the front of your handheld notes.

For any general enquiries during pregnancy, not relating to COVID-19, please call the Pregnancy Assessment Centre as usual on 01246 516146

Service Outline

  • Chesterfield Birth Centre, based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Antenatal and postnatal inpatient ward
  • Community midwifery service for North Derbyshire
  • Antenatal clinic at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

The directorate provides a wide range of choices for both antenatal and intrapartum care. There are a range of maternity care options including consultant care, shared care and midwife only care, including home birth.

A purpose built and individually designed Birth Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital that opened in January 2010 provides 8 Consultant led care rooms, including 1 with birth pool, and a further 4 midwifery led care rooms, including 3 with birth pools.

For most women the community midwife is responsible for antenatal bookings, reducing the need for attendance at hospital. A patient held maternity record is in use throughout the service. A full range of antenatal tests, including Down's risk screening is available and ultrasound scanning is carried out on all patients who request screening at 12 and 20 weeks gestation. Ultrasound is accessible to all GP's and community midwives by direct referral, and includes a limited service at weekends.

Upon leaving hospital new parents are supported in their own homes by the community midwifery service.

Full paediatric support services are available, including intensive care for pre-term babies (see neonatal unit information). Breastfeeding is promoted throughout the maternity service and is supported by a full-time infant feeding adviser. The Trust is committed to supporting Mothers to breastfeed and has UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation.

Having your baby at home

You know your home.
You know it's comfortable and familiar.
Its the place where you feel secure and relaxed.

Your home might be where you want to be for the birth of your baby - with family, friends and your midwife.

Having a Hospital Birth

Having your baby in hospital doesn't have to mean lots of 'hi-tech' equipment and doctors involved in your care. But, if you feel that it's important for all this to be available (just in case you need it), you might think that a hospital birth is the best option for you. You may also be advised, that because of your individual circumstances, a hospital birth is the safest choice for you and your baby.