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Mums say: Service should be upgraded

WE had our children at Solihull Hospital - don’t downgrade maternity services, upgrade them instead.

WE had our children at Solihull Hospital - don’t downgrade maternity services, upgrade them instead.

That’s the message from borough mums following the news that the NHS Foundation trust has decided unilaterally to downgrade maternity services at Solihull hospital ahead of any public consultation.

Sarah had her three children at Solihull. “The unit should be kept. Sadly we lost one, little Joshua, but the staff were just brilliant.”

Sarah Yates with daughter Alice was full of praise for Solihull Hospital’s maternity unit. “It’s disgraceful that maternity services will be reduced.”

Chelveston Crescent mum Claire Hawkes had her first child at Solihull but thought there should definitely be more neo-natal staff available. Her second child was born at home.

Doing the school run was mum Tiff from Solihull with little Theo. “Both of my children were born at Solihull so I do think it’s a shame.”

Mum-of-five, Claire Cater had one of her children at Solihull with the others - two sets of twins- born at Heartlands because they were high-risk. “I do think it is a shame to reduce the services.”

St Alphege mum Rajinder Kaur was on the school run picking up son Harry and thought there should still be a maternity service at Solihull.

Hockley Heath resident Justine Grosvenor was collecting daughter Naomi from St George and St Teresa Catholic school. “It’s diabolical,”she said.

Youngsters James and Abigail were being collected from school by their mum. She had both children at Solihull Hospital.

“I had a natural birth and a caesarean at Solihull. It would be a shame to close the unit - it would be such a trek for mums to go to Heartlands”.

Friend, Donna agreed. “It’s brilliant there. I had one child at Solihull and the other at Heartlands because of complications.”

Mum Karen Connolly was dismayed at proposals to reduce services.

“It’s disgraceful. They should be upgrading their services, not downgrading them.”



Cathrina Hulse
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