The NHS in East Sussex wants to make sure that the voices of all communities are heard in their work to improve maternity services across the South East.
“We’ve had a great response to our maternity survey so far but we have noticed that some communities are not currently being represented,” said Allison Cannon, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality for Sussex and East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Groups. “We are especially keen to hear the experiences of members of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who have used our services; what they felt worked well or areas that they think might have room for improvement.”
The NHS would like to hear from anyone who has used their maternity services in East Sussex over the last three years, as well as their partners and families, by completing a quick questionnaire.
This applies to those who chose to have a home birth as well as those who gave birth in an obstetric or midwife-led unit at a hospital.
The survey is strictly anonymous and should only take about 15 minutes. It will close in mid-December.
Focus groups are being organised with bereaved families, the deaf community, Syrian refugees, and teenage parents to ensure that these important voices are being heard.
If you are interested in working with the NHS to run or take part in a focus group for your community or if you would like to get in contact directly or request the survey in another format or language, please contact Cecily Hollingworth, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 07788 567675.