Hinchingbrooke Midwifery Led Birthing Unit now open and available for women in labour

Hinchingbrooke birthing pool
The birthing pool on the Primrose Suite

Women looking for a water birth will now be able to have full use of the newly refurbished Midwifery-Led Birthing Unit facilities at Hinchingbrooke Hospital following recent building refurbishments.

The refurbishment was undertaken to address structural issues with the roof and at the same time improve the services for patients and staff. This included creating a staff room, soundproofing the walls and redecorating.

The works meant the birthing pool was out of action for three months, but it is now open for women wanting the option of a water birth.

Rowena Chilton, Deputy Head of Midwifery, said: “Our staff have worked really hard to ensure that the works took place, whilst continuing to support women in labour on the unit. I am so pleased that this has now been completed and we can reopen the Primrose Suite and birthing pool facilities. I would like to thank our staff and families visiting the department in recent months for their support throughout the process.”

Arshiya Khan, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, said: “I am really pleased to see that we have been able to complete the recent works on our maternity unit. This is one of many areas that we are working on at the moment as part of our ongoing programme across areas of the hospital where we have identified structural issues with concrete panels used in the roof.

“Our redevelopment of the Hinchingbrooke site is continuing at pace with the build of a new Main Operating Theatres Block, which is due to complete in Autumn 2023.  We are looking to the future for Phase 3 of our exciting redevelopment programme. This is dedicated to building a new hospital on our site by 2030. We have already been holding workshops with our staff to gather their expert view on what we need to best care for our patients in the future and will be engaging with the public once we have more details to share.”


Notes to Editors:

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital was built in 1984 and is one of four hospitals in the East of England affected by structural issues relating to the concrete panels used in the construction of some of the walls and roof. These panels, made of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) were reviewed in a site-wide survey carried out by structural engineers when the issue first came to light. Remedial actions were taken where any faults were detected to ensure our buildings were safe to be used. 
  • To ensure we keep a very close eye on the issue, our Estates and Facilities team are working on an ongoing rolling programme across the affected areas of the hospital site to ensure that we can be aware of any faults as soon as they arise, implement safety measures and carry out remedial works.


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