Maternity closure consultation

Campaigners and service users, as well as local MP Philip Dunne and Cllr Julia Buckley, are disappointed by the sudden closure of Bridgnorth Maternity Unit by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) Board and are calling for a return of services as soon as possible. The closure has been blamed on staffing issues and ‘a combination of short‐term and long‐term sickness in recent months’ and a low number of local births in the units.

A consultation process is now underway, which saw a large number of mothers coming to the Bridgnorth Unit at short notice in July to give their feedback and overwhelming support for the local service. There’s a further consultation meeting on Thursday 7 September to which all service users who have had a baby in the last 2.5 years are welcome. Bridgnorth councillors have written to Simon Wright and Sarah Jamieson of SaTH explaining that the closure of the unit could have a devastating effect on our local economy, in terms of young families settling here. SaTH have indicated there was no intention for these closures to become permanent, and confirmed SaTH’s commitment to providing a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model for midwifery, which promotes local rural services remaining available in the county and confirmed the trust is pressing ahead with recruiting more midwives immediately.

Anyone who wishes to respond to the engagement exercise is invited to email head of midwifery at SaTH directly sarah.jamieson@sath.nhs.uk.

Share:

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
On Key

Related Posts

Sponsor welcomes plans for fans

Shrewsbury Town fans have been left feeling optimistic following the decision by the Government to allow supporters back into football grounds. The numbers allowed in

Festive fun on the farm

Park Hall Countryside Experience has released tickets for its brand new Christmas event – ‘Elf and Safely.’ Admission to the farm near Oswestry will include

Virtual Christmas lights switch-on

The Glaze family have been bringing festive cheer to the Broseley community for 25 years, raising more than £30,000 for several local charities and community

Take a screen break

Technology advice company techtimeout is challenging people to take a break from their laptops, tablets and phones for a day. The business has dubbed December

Nursery’s lockdown effort hailed

A Bridgnorth nursery has received a congratulations card from the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire in recognition of remaining open during the lockdown earlier this year. Little