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Survey highlights learning from response to Covid-19 by Thames Valley maternity and neonatal staff

mother and babyHundreds of staff working in maternity, obstetric and neonatal teams throughout the Oxford AHSN region have shared their experiences on the NHS frontline caring for mothers and babies during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They have helped paint a detailed picture of the impact of this unprecedented period of rapid learning and significant change. The survey generated many useful insights, with lots of the learning applicable to other areas of health and social care.

A total of 868 questionnaires were completed by staff working in all the NHS trusts with maternity and neonatal services in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Great Western Hospital, Swindon, and Frimley Health in July and August. Responses were received from all staff groups.

Results of the survey have been collated into a report mapped against nine key themes covering a wide range of issues including visiting, remote consultations, communication and risk assessments for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Eileen Dudley, Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Manager, who coordinated production of the report, said: “I hope its findings inspire a spirit of working collectively as a region to deliver the best care for women, babies, families and staff during the challenging months ahead.”

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