Duchess of Cambridge visits Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit

The Duchess of Cambridge recently gave mothers in Kingston a surprise when she shadowed some of Kingston Hospital’s midwives on their daily visits around the community. During her two day visit on the 26th and 27th November, the Duchess also spent time with maternity unit staff, women and their families across all areas of the maternity service.

Her Royal Highness is working to highlight the impact the early years of childhood has on lifelong health and happiness – and how even before a baby is born its future development can be affected by its mother’s own health.

Frances Rivers, Homebirth Team Lead Midwife, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We were thrilled and honoured to have the Duchess come out with us on our rounds, visiting mothers who are planning or have had a homebirth. Several of the families discussed the challenges common to all new parents of managing a newborn’s round-the-clock needs with their own well-being and the adjustment required to daily life.

“During the Duchess’ visit to the Maternity Unit she sat in on our Homebirth Team meeting and heard the stories of the families we care for. She learned what having a home birth involves – from the kit we bring to ensure the safety of mother and baby, to the practicalities of setting up a birthing pool.”

Sally Brittain, Director of Nursing and Quality at the hospital said:

“It was an absolute pleasure for all of us to host the Duchess at Kingston
Hospital, particularly as, by throwing a spotlight on our work and the work of all midwives, we couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the
International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020.”

Did you know … ?

Kingston Hospital supports around 350,000 people across Kingston,
Richmond, Roehampton, Putney and East Elmbridge.

In 2018 Kingston Hospital became the first acute hospital trust in London to be rated Outstanding for overall quality and leadership by the National Care Quality Commission regulator.

The hospital has approximately 350 beds and directly employs around 2,900 staff. The Trust provides a full range of diagnostic services and treatment
services.

On average, 350 people are seen in A&E per day, 13 babies are delivered, over 1,200 outpatient appointments take place and 180 patients are admitted onto the wards for treatment.

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