The Central Delivery Suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) is set to be refurbished with an investment of £2.5m in the weeks to come.

The works will commence in June and will include a complete refurbishment of the birthing rooms, and creation of a new reception, waiting area and Birth Centre. 

The delivery suite will feature an equipped Obstetric Observation Area to support patients in need of further observation and a triage area.

Besides the revamp, the budget of £2.5m also includes fire precaution upgrades.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals director of Midwifery Lois Mellor said: “This is an incredibly exciting development, and one which will only enhance the care received by the families of Doncaster.

“With this investment, we will be able to create a ‘Birth Centre’ at DRI, which will allow us to offer the option of Midwifery-led care to our patients, alongside the current Obstetric-led unit. Essentially this will give parents more choice, accessing a service which is like a home-from-home, with a birthing pool, whilst we will still also have the Obstetric service for those mums who need a little more support and monitoring, should they run into any difficulties.

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“As the work gets started, we will be temporarily relocating the currently Central Delivery Suite to the ground floor of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.”

Although midwifery-led maternity services have been there for sometime, this will be the first time that it would be possible at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The current location of the Central Delivery Suit will shift from level six to the ground floor within the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to help prepare for the refurbishment work.

The works are expected to complete 26 weeks.

Besides the upcoming refurbishments, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals’ Charity is presently fundraising to develop a specialist bereavement suite, which will also be located within the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.