Kingston Hospital will get £100,000 to expand its maternity services with a bereavement room and a merger of women’s and children’s wellbeing services.

Maternity minister Dr Dan Poulter said during a visit on Thursday: “Kingston Hospital has a very strong future. It's good to see the dedication and commitment of the frontline staff.”

The Department of Health handed the maternity unit £219,000 last year, when it delivered nearly 6,000 babies.

Chief executive Kate Grimes who aims to increase the number of births said: “We are pretty close to about as big as you can get.”

Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey said: “Extra cash for Kingston Hospital's top-rated maternity services on top of last year is a vote of confidence in staff - but we will need more.”