Wiltshire's maternity services handed to Bath's Royal United Hospital

Royal United Hospital, Bath
Image caption The trust delivers over 9,000 babies each year across Swindon, Wiltshire and Bath

Pregnant women in Wiltshire are being assured that a management change will not affect local maternity services.

Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) has handed control to Bath's Royal United Hospital (RUH), after issues including "never events".

The change will also affect maternity services in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Frome, Paulton and Shepton Mallet.

Theresa Harding, from GWH, said: "From a patient perspective there should be absolutely no change to the service."

The Wiltshire NHS Trust took over maternity care in the county and parts of Somerset in 2010.

In May, the trust had to apologise for a so-called "never event" - something the government says should never happen if patient safety rules are followed - after two new mothers had swabs left inside them after giving birth.

At the start of the year, following a successful bid, the RUH was contracted to run maternity services for the next three years.

Dr Bernie Marden, consultant paediatrician at the RUH, said: "Many of the processes involved in looking after patients have been streamlined as a result of our running the services.

"And we believe that we will now be able to look after mothers and babies together much more effectively."

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