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Plans for new Salisbury birthing centre APPROVED

Plans for new Salisbury birthing centre APPROVED

Published by Jack Deery at 1:03pm 16th January 2020.

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A new midwife-led birth centre will be created at Salisbury District Hospital as part of changes to the way maternity services are run across Wiltshire and beyond.

After listening to the views of 4,000 mums, families and staff for three years, the joint Governing Bodies of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups have APPROVED the proposal to improve maternity services in the region.

The proposal includes the creation of a new birthing centre at Salisbury District Hospital. 

The centres aim to offer a homely, rather than clinical environment, and are especially good at supporting woman who want a birth without medical interventions.

It will sit alongside the hospital's conventional, consultant-led, maternity unit and cater for low risk mums. 

The proposal has now been approved for a new centre at Salisbury District Hospital

Chaya Tagore, Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) Lead and one of the members of the Expert Panel that reviewed the consultation results and developed the final recommendations said:

“It’s really important that all women across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire have easy access to maternity services and this proposal means more choice to more women about where to have their baby. I encourage expectant parents and those who have used maternity services in the last five years to get involved with the MVP.

The next steps as new community hubs are developed, where women can access integrated care from pre-conception to postnatal care are wonderful opportunities for co-creation. As MVP Volunteers we are really excited about enhanced support for home births and ongoing care.”

The hospital will need the extra space as women will no longer be able to give birth at Trowbridge Community Hospital or Paulton Birth Centre in Bristol, as they will only run antental and postnatal clinics now. 

Post-natal beds in Chippenham will also close with mums needing care after giving birth transferred to Swindon, Bath or Salisbury.

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They say that the changes will benefit women and families


The governing bodies are also re-assuring people that despite a lot of services changing, no buildings will be closed and no reductions will take place for staffing or budgets. 

They say the changes will mean more equal access to choice for women about where to have their babies. 

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