Help Improve Maternity Services in North East London

Does your organisation or group work with people who live in or use maternity services in North East London? If so please consider circulating the following survey information from our members Havering Healthwatch, with the aim of improving maternity services, based on lived experience.

"We want to ensure all women and pregnant people in north east London are offered the best experience when using maternity services. This survey aims to better understand your choice around maternity care; whether you felt you could make choices and, if yes, why you chose to have your maternity care at your chosen hospital or birth centre. We will ask questions based on your pregnancy experience, and by taking part in this survey, you will help shape NHS maternity services to make them better for local people.

The survey is led by Healthwatch, an independent organisation who represent the voice of local people on health and social care issues. We work to make sure your voice is heard to improve care. Healthwatch will share what they learn from the survey responses with the North East London Local Maternity and Neonatal System – a partnership of organisations, women and their families working together to deliver improvements in maternity services in north east London.

This survey is anonymous (no one will see any of your personal information); however, at the end of this survey, you will have the option to leave us your name and contact details, in case you want to keep in touch this is so we can let you know the outcome of the survey and give you the opportunity to be involved in designing future services. This will be stored separately from your survey answers"

Take part in the survey here:

And here is a recently published report on maternity services in North East London:

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