STRUCTURE: West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust has suspended midwifery obstetric services for private patients at Watford Hospital, following feedback from the Care Quality Commission.

The change will take effect next month, after the CQC inspected the hospital last week. Twenty-seven women due to give birth in the coming months were expecting to use the service.

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Twenty-seven women were expecting to use the maternity service in the coming months

In a statement released by the trust, chief nurse Tracey Carter said: “As is common with visits of this type, the CQC team has given us some immediate feedback and, as a result, we have made changes to the way we do some things, including how we triage patients using our [accident and emergency] department at Watford Hospital. 

“We have also chosen to suspend our small private obstetric service – allowing our maternity team to focus on our NHS patients.”

She said the trust was in process “the process of contacting the 27 women [affected by the change] to discuss… arrangements with them and, as appropriate, to refund any payments they have made to the hospital”. 

She added: “We will also apologise for the inconvenience caused as a result

“In line with their process, the CQC will issue a formal report of their visit within the next couple of months and we will respond to their findings at that time.”