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Maternity serves to re-start at Solihull on July 19

MATERNITY services will re-open at Solihull Hospital on July 19, health bosses have confirmed.

Carolne Spelman

MATERNITY services will re-open at Solihull Hospital on July 19, health bosses have confirmed.

The unit had shut-down in April, with midwives receiving re-training and adjustments being made at the Lode Lane site.

Now it has been confirmed that the new, midwifery-led unit will begin next month.

However, the unit will only be equipped to deal with the most basic of births.

A consultation on the long-term future of the unit is scheduled to begin in the autumn.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has welcomed the news that a service will recommence.

While many mums are calling for a full-service to be introduced, many fear that the scaled-back operation will become permanent.

This will mean that high-risk preganancies will be dealt with at Heartlands, Good Hope and elsewhere.

Dr Patrick Brooke, medical director of Solihull NHS Care Trust said: “The event gave us the opportunity to listen to the people of Solihull and Birmingham East and North.

“We are committed to providing a safe maternity service for all women.

“We have listened to what local clinicians, pregnant women and new mums have told us and we will now incorporate their views into our strategy for maternity services.”

To give your views email involvement@benpct.nhs.uk.

 

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