Midwives at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton are celebrating following the news that the Bracken Birthing Centre has officially reopened.
The centre has undergone a £300k upgrade that gives parents-to-be in Taunton and Somerset access to modern, state-of-the-art birthing facilities.
And it’s all thanks to a unique Toad Trail fundraising campaign run by the hospital’s League of Friends last summer that captured the imagination of people in Taunton and the surrounding area.
The Toad Trail raised £50,000 with a further £250,000 coming from legacy donations left to the League of Friends for the benefit of patients.
The birthing centre upgrade is part of the ambitious Musgrove 2030 programme to transform the facilities at Musgrove Park Hospital.
Musgrove 2030 will include a new maternity and children’s building and further development of its cancer and emergency services. This is in addition to a new surgical centre, acute assessment hub, therapies department and maternity refurbishments at the hospital, which are already underway.
This is the first of three major improvements that are taking place at Musgrove Park’s maternity unit this year as part of the Musgrove 2030 programme.
A second project is taking place to refurbish part of the Labour ward and a final piece of the jigsaw will be the complete reconfiguration of the maternity reception area to give it a more modern feel.