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Southend and Basildon Hospitals given thousands to improve maternity services
THOUSANDS of pounds have been handed to south Essex hospitals to improve maternity services.
Basildon Hospital has been given £19,977 to upgrade the current Forget-Me-Not bereavement suite to provide a private, safe, comfortable environment for parents suffering loss.
Southend Hospital will get £88,420 to pay for a Maternity Triage Service. This will give women support to make appropriate and safe choices for the birth of their baby by providing somewhere that a senior midwife can review and discuss care options as well as moving the early pregnancy unit to appropriate area.
The grants are part of a £25million cash pot from the Department of Health which will be shared between 100 hospitals.
The Forget-me-not group supports parents and families who have lost children.
One of the founders, Karla Cairns, 50, from Laindon, lost her daughter Grace-Ellen Cairns in 1992 at 23-and-a-half-weeks-old. She created a memorial garden at Pitsea Crematorium and the support group as well as the room at Basildon Hospital.
She said: “The hospital gave us what was a storage room originally, we set about fundraising and we opened it in 1995.
“It is in need of refurbishment and that money will be fantastic.”
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