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Maternity unit set to re-open

HEALTH bosses have confirmed maternity services will re-open at Solihull Hospital on July 19.

HEALTH bosses have confirmed maternity services will re-open at Solihull Hospital on July 19.

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 welcomed the news that a service will recommence.

She said: “This is wonderful news for us in Solihull and the fulfilment of a promise made by Andrew Lansley, the new Health Secretary, before the election.

“I feel sorry for the mums and the midwives who have been put through so much anxiety. But it is a victory for common sense.”

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 pregnancies will be dealt with at Heartlands, Good Hope and elsewhere.

Dr Patrick Brooke, medical director of Solihull NHS Care Trust said: “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.”

 

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