New film showcases maternity facilities at The Royal Oldham Hospital

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New film showcases maternity facilities at The Royal Oldham Hospital
24 February 2015

EXPECTANT mums and dads can now watch a film telling them all about the maternity facilities available for them at The Royal Oldham Hospital and give them a inside tour in the comfort of their home.

The short film, available via the Pennine Acute Trust’s website and on YouTube, includes information about how to get to the hospital, which floor to go to for which department, and shows the different services within the maternity unit including the ante-natal ward, birth centre for low risk births, labour ward, post natal ward and the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU).

It is hoped that the film will help to ease the stress and anxieties many expectant mums and dads from Oldham and Rochdale borough experience in the run up to the birth of their new baby.

The specialist women and children’s development at The Royal Oldham Hospital opened fully just over two years ago in December 2012.  The £44m facility includes a purpose-built four storey building, new antenatal wards, labour delivery rooms, midwife-led birth centre, obstetric theatres, children's unit and paediatric theatre, and a brand new Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Royal Oldham Hospital is now one of three specialist regional neonatal centres providing the highest level of intensive care to the smallest and most vulnerable babies. The NICU consists of 37 cots with 9 intensive care, 9 high dependency and 19 special care cots.

The new facilities are available for women from Oldham, Rochdale borough, and surrounding areas. Approximately 5,300 babies are delivered every year at the new maternity unit.

Vivienne Twomey, inpatient midwifery matron at The Royal Oldham Hospital, said:

“Watching the video is an excellent way for families in the Oldham and Rochdale areas to gain an insight to all the services we have available for women and children at The Royal Oldham Hospital.  The video gives viewers a quick glimpse at the journey that expectant mums will follow, from their first scan to the birth of their baby. You will also find information on how to get to the hospital, where to park and which floor to go to. It’s great that mums and dads can view  this information from the comfort of their own home and make an informed decision to choose The Royal Oldham Hospital to receive their maternity care.”

The new film which so far has received over 600 hits is available to watch on the Trust’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6DTJYkLYTE

A similar film was produced last year for maternity services at North Manchester General Hospital and has so far received over 8,500 views on You Tube.

PICTURED: Marie Turner, ward manager for the post-natal ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital with new mum Laura Clarke and her daughter Molly.