The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been praised for the standards of its antenatal and newborn screening service.
Despite the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, during the last 18 months, the RUH service met all of Public Health England’s service standards, ensuring all appointments took place within set timeframes.
The team provides a range of services, including screening for infectious diseases and foetal anomalies antenatally, physical examinations and hearing screening.
Inspectors from the Screening Quality Assurance Service said: “The team identified that your service is very well engaged with quality assurance and with changes and developments to the screening programmes.
“It was evident that staff are dedicated to ensuring a high level of service for pregnant women and babies.
“As a team we would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for your continued commitment to screening and to thank you for participating in this process at this challenging time.”
In their report, inspectors highlighted the increased level of digital information available for parents.
Sharon Wilson, Deputy Screening Coordinator, said: “Every three to five years the Quality Assurance Team (QA) carries out an inspection of all the screening services provided by the trust to assess what we are doing well and areas requiring improvement.
“Following the latest inspection, QA reported it was really impressed with the services we provide and made no recommendations at all on where we could improve – though here at the RUH we are always looking at ways we can further improve the service we provide to our patients.
“This is a huge achievement for the whole screening team and we would like to thank them all for their commitment and hard work.”