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UHMBT Invites Public to Talk About Why Maternity Matters to Them at Free Event

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Local people are being given the opportunity to get involved and talk about why maternity services matter to them, at a special event that will take place in Barrow later this month – run by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).

The free event, titled ‘Maternity Matters in Morecambe Bay’, will take place on Friday 25 September at the Town Hall in Barrow, between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

The Trust is looking to talk to anyone that is, or has been, involved with maternity services, such as mums-to-be, mums, dads, carers, people who support and care for babies, and friends and families of people that have used the service, or those people that might use our services for the first time in the future.

This event is a chance for local people to talk to staff about their health, their experiences of the Trust’s maternity services, and how they want to work with the Trust and be involved in the future.

Staff from all areas of the Trust will be on hand to talk about what they are doing now to further improve maternity services, and asking for valuable feedback on any future plans or ideas to ensure that the Trust continues to offer services that the local communities want and need.

Those that attend will also be able to take an exclusive look at how a redesigned Women and Children’s Unit at Furness General Hospital might look in the future, and feedback ideas and suggestions about what would be important to them if they were to use the new unit.

Sascha Wells, Deputy Director and Head of Midwifery, UHMBT, said: “It is vital to us that we talk to local people about not only why maternity services are important to them but also understand what they think ‘good’ looks like and how they want their maternity services to look and feel going forward.

“We understand that people may want to get involved in different ways – some might want to just receive information whereas others might want to get personally involved, for example, sitting on staff interview panels, getting involved in training,
proving feedback on their experiences, etc. That is why we will be asking individuals how they want to be involved and when.

“People can come along for the whole event or just pop in when they are free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there’s even a play space for the kids so bring them along!”

This is the first in a series of ‘Maternity Matters in Morecambe Bay’ events, which will also be held in other areas such as Kendal and Lancaster.

The Trust wants people from all over Morecambe Bay to come to the event – not just those from Barrow. To help with that, the Trust will be providing transport for those that don’t live in close proximity to Barrow. For more information about the transport available, please call 01539 715288 or email barry.rigg@mbht.nhs.uk.

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said “We have made many improvements to our maternity services over the last couple of years and are now looking at how we can take those improvements forward and make the service even better. To do that, we need to hear from those people that use the service now and those that have used it in the past or may do in the future. This includes partners, relatives, carers, and those organisations or charities that support pregnant women, babies and families.

“We really do want you to get involved and tell us about your experiences, and how we can involve and work with you in the future. We hope to see as many people as possible there on the day.”

You can also join in the conversation online by following the Trust on Twitter @UHMBT and Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHMBT, using the hashtag #MaternityMatters.

You can find the flyer for the event here:

Maternity Matters in Morecambe Bay