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A new £2.5million antenatal and postnatal unit has opened at the Pilgrim hospital, with families comparing their stay there to being in a hotel.

Work is complete on the unit to improve the environment for pregnant women, new mums and families after the upgrade from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Antenatal care is the care you get during pregnancy and postnatal care is given following birth.

The new maternity ward replaces outdated facilities at the Boston hospital and 
includes six spacious, en-suite single rooms, and four larger three-bed rooms with a shared shower room.

There is also a large day room for families to use, a spacious ward bathroom and shower room for partners staying overnight.

For anyone wishing to feed in privacy there is a designated feeding room and a quiet room for delicate conversations. The midwife station is central to the ward and accessible to everyone.

The project was funded by ULHT to ensure patients 
receive care in the best possible environment. The works have included both improvements to maternity and gynaecology wards at Pilgrim.

Head of midwifery and nursing for women and children’s service Sue Bennion said: “This is a really exciting time for women’s and children’s services, and a fantastic investment in maternity for families.

“Providing the best quality environment possible for our mothers and babies is a top priority. These improvements will provide an up-to-date environment in which our staff can deliver the best quality care.”

Matron for maternity at Pilgrim, Lucy Wonnacott, added: “The new facilities are wonderful for families, with ample space at each bedside creating a relaxing environment. Many families have described their stay on the ward as feeling like a new hotel with a bright, airy and modern feel.”