Princess Royal University Hospital given financial boost for maternity ward

PUBLISHED: 16:22 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:22 04 February 2013

Pregnant women can soon be joined over night by partners at the Princess Royal University Hospital after its maternity ward secured £52,000 of funding from the Department of Health.

The money will be used to buy reclining chairs for the hospital, in Farnborough Common, meaning family members can stay overnight on the ward.

More than 100 hospitals have bid for a share of the £25million fund to improve maternity units, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Woolwich, who will receive £400,000.

The Oasis maternity unit at the PRUH has overseen the safe arrival of 2,000 babies since it opened two years ago.

South London Healthcare’s Chief Midwife, Donna Ockenden, said: “We are delighted to have been granted this money to improve the birthing environment for women.

“The Oasis midwifery-led unit at the Princess Royal Hospital has been a real success and this extra funding will mean that the same facilities will now be available for any parents using the services at Queen Elizabeth.”

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