Weston General Hospital on award shortlist

PUBLISHED: 19:10 05 April 2015

Weston General Hospital.

Weston General Hospital.

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THE birthing centre at Weston General Hospital has been shortlisted for a public health award by the Royal College of Midwives.

The Ashcombe Birthing Centre runs a SHINE project – promoting self-help, independence, nutrition and exercise.

The 10-week scheme is offered by Weston Area Health NHS Trust to pregnant women with a body mass index of more than 30.

Belinda Cox, a maternity service matron, said: “It’s such an honour to have been shortlisted for this award and to be recognised for the innovative project we are running.

“The results we are seeing from the project are fantastic, and the feedback from the women engaging with SHINE is hugely positive.

“I’m delighted we are being commissioned to run SHINE again over the next year.”

Chris Perry, director of nursing, praised staff and added: “With our nurses and midwives gaining recognition through national awards, it goes to show how valuable the expertise is here at the trust.

“The Ashcombe unit has already been recognised for its hard work and honoured with internal staff recognition awards, so we are thrilled its work is being applauded on a national level too.”

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