Cumbria’s newest maternity unit has launched a campaign to recruit midwives to the area.
The £12m state-of-the-art unit at Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow is a major development in birthing provision for the region.
Katy Stretch, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “We have really transformed the service from being in special measures to where we are now. We have people from within the NHS coming to us to find out how we do things.
“We have engaged both the local community and our staff in what services they want to see. Without them we wouldn’t have the amazing facilities we do today.”
The South Lakes Birth Centre boasts 14 en-suite birthing rooms with facilities for partners to stay over, two dedicated operating theatres, a special care baby unit, a maternity assessment area, a transitional care facility, a skills lab for staff training, and a bereavement suite.
The unit has vacancies for both experienced and newly-qualified midwives in Band 5 and Band 6 roles.
Successful recruits will have access to the skills lab’s hi-tec ‘Sim Mum’, which simulates labour to enable staff to experience emergency and complicated births, aiding their development.
Katy said: ‘’They’d be joining an amazing team committed to ongoing learning and development. They deliver high quality care and embrace positive change to meet the demands of the community we serve."