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Nitrous Oxide

Basildon University Hospital

We are aware that there was an issue with levels of nitrous oxide – the gas used by birthing people to help with pain relief during labour – in the air at our maternity unit at Basildon Hospital. 

It is perfectly safe for service users and their families to continue to use the maternity unit as normal. 

We have taken immediate action to resolve the situation and an investigation is underway. 

Support and advice is being offered to our staff while investigations continue.

Background information

  • We have taken immediate action to ventilate the area, including ensuring windows and doors are opened, and fans are used to circulate the air.
  • Re-testing is taking place this week.
  • A number of briefings have taken place to ensure staff are fully informed and supported.


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