Questionnaires are being posted this week to women living in north east Essex to find out what they think about the maternity care they have received.
The results will help Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust to highlight areas where it performs well and to identify the areas where there is most room for improvement.
The Trust provides maternity services at Colchester General Hospital and throughout the community in north east Essex, including at the hospitals in Clacton, Halstead and Harwich.
A total of 350 women aged 16 years and over who had a baby between 24 January and 28 February this year will be sent a questionnaire.
They will be asked about various aspects of their care, including check-ups during pregnancy, care during labour and birth, communication with health professionals, involvement, care in hospital after the birth, infant feeding, and care at home after the birth.
Jenny Collins, Head of Midwifery, said the Trust believes that taking account of women’s views and priorities is vital for bringing about improvements in the quality of care.
“We hope that women will take the time to help us with this survey,” she said. “Their views are vital in helping us to find out how we are doing and how we can improve.
“This is an excellent way for women to help shape the services we provide in the future.”
Every NHS hospital trust in England that provides maternity services is carrying out this survey as part of a national programme led by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.
The results will be published in late 2017 on the CQC’s website (www.cqc.org.uk) in a form that does not allow any individual’s answers to be identified.