St Peter's Hospital maternity service in Surrey told to take urgent action

2023-03-29 05:13:39  • 3 mins

By Hamish Mureddu-Reid

BBC News

Urgent action is needed after maternity services at a Surrey hospital were rated inadequate by a watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected maternity care in January at St Peter's Hospital, run by Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust was told to "take urgent action to ensure women and babies... are not exposed to risk of harm".

A trust spokesperson said "providing safe, high quality care for our patients is our priority".

They added: "We apologise to any women, babies and families for whom the care we provided fell short."

The CQC said its rating of Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust remained good following the visit, but St Peter's Hospital still "requires improvement".

Amy Jupp, CQC deputy director of operations in the south of England, said: "It's concerning that the quality and safety of maternity care at St Peter's Hospital has deteriorated since our last inspection.

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