Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's Maternity Unit has been rated as the best in South West London, according to a national survey carried out on behalf of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The survey was sent to over 400 women who gave birth at the hospital in February 2018.

It asked questions relating to three different areas of their experience: Labour and Birth, Staff, and Care after birth.

Kingston Hospital scored better overall than all other Trusts in South West London for all three areas. The Maternity Unit was also ranked 15th out of the 69 acute trusts to take part in the survey nationwide.

Responding to the results, Gina Brockwell, Director of Midwifery at Kingston Hospital said: "We are delighted at the results of the Maternity survey, which clearly show that on the whole women have a very positive experience when they choose to give birth at Kingston Hospital. We have improved in a number of areas since the last survey and are doing well when benchmarked with other Trusts, particularly those in the South West London area.

"Our midwives, doctors and maternity staff always strive to provide the best care and support for our women, as well as their babies and loved ones, and the results of the survey show that their hard work makes a big difference."

The trust scored very highly on several key questions including the confidence and trust women placed with the maternity team and the women's ability to help make decisions about their own care.