Local Maternity and Neonatal System news


Maternity and Neonatal Advocates: Communications toolkit for maternity and neonatal services

Published 15th March 2024

People First has launched a new Maternity and Neonatal Advocate role as part of an NHS England pilot in response to the Ockenden Review recommendations. Further information about the roles, how to make a referral and who is eligible to use this free service is available on the People First website. Visit the People First […]

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Getting help with travel costs

Published 13th February 2024

The Public Health Prevention in Maternity Team has developed some new resources designed to inform people that there is financial support available to help them attend hospital appointments. This was following the Poverty Proofing scoping work they recently completed. People who claim certain benefits can also claim travel expenses for hospital appointments. The BSA has […]

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LMNS hosts learning and sharing event

Published 1st February 2024

The Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) is hosting a ‘Post Ockenden Visits Collaborative Learning and Improvement’ event for maternity and neonatal staff on Friday 02 February. The event comes after the Ockenden Assurance visits which took place last year and aims to promote learning and best […]

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Do you have experience of pelvic health problems following pregnancy?

Published 9th January 2024

We have an exciting new opportunity for two service users, or lay people to become involved with the LMNS Perinatal Pelvic Health Service (PPHS) Project Team. This project team is creating a new service to support people experiencing pelvic problems following pregnancy – known as a Perinatal Pelvic Health Service (PPHS).  This service will be […]

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South Tees midwife improves digital inclusion

Published 4th December 2023

Grace Murray, digital midwife at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been working to improve digital inclusion for women and birthing people who are pregnant in the South Tees area. Grace’s project aims to make smart devices and internet access more readily available, for people unable to access their digital care record for any reason. […]

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World Prematurity Awareness Day

Published 14th November 2023

17 November marks World Prematurity Awareness Day and the North East and North Cumbria Preterm Birth Group which is part of the Maternity Clinical Network is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of preterm labour (before 37 weeks). Data in our ICB tells us that often women present quite late […]

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Shaping the North East and North Cumbria Maternity and Neonatal Services

Published 11th September 2023

At the Local Maternity and Neonatal System for the North East and North Cumbria (LMNS NENC) we set about creating an event bringing together people from across the system. The purpose of the event was to set a vision and a direction for our region in how we want to deliver maternity and neonatal services. […]

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Maternity easy read materials launched

Published 8th August 2023

The Learning Disability Network has produced a new range of materials to support pregnant women and birthing people with learning disabilities. They were initially developed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and have been adapted for our region. To access the documents visit the Learning Disability Network website.

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Midwifery Continuity of Carer update

Published 6th February 2023

Dame Ruth May, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent and Dr Matthew Jolly announced in September 2022 there will no longer be a target date for maternity services to provide Midwifery Continuity of Carer (McoC) for all women and trans men. Instead trusts are being supported to develop plans which work in their area. Currently there are nine […]

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Support eligible patients to get an NHS maternity exemption certificate

Published 23rd January 2023

Although some patients are automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions, others need to apply for an exemption certificate before they can claim free NHS prescriptions. Patients who are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months are only entitled to free NHS prescriptions if they have a maternity exemption certificate. Checks are […]

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