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All ‘not well’ at new maternity

CHANGES to Solihull’s maternity services could place an extra strain on the Heart of England Trust’s other hospitals.

CHANGES to Solihull’s maternity services could place an extra strain on the Heart of England Trust’s other hospitals.

With Solihull Hospital aiming to deal with only around a quarter of the 2,700 annual births it used to, women whose pregnancies are considered high-risk will be taken to one of the Trust’s other hospitals - Heartlands and Good Hope to deliver – sparking fears of extra strain on services at the Trust’s other hospitals.

Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden has fought a campaign to retain maternity services in Solihull.

She said: “Expectant mothers should not have to travel far from home, for their own sakes and for those of their babies.

“A population the size of Solihull ought to support a full maternity unit. Poor decision making in the past has reduced its once strong maternity unit, which served all local mothers, to one designed for about a quarter of its previous capacity, of around 2700, a year. Now we are seeing that all is not well with the new arrangements.

The MP has also called for full paediatric services to be reinstated at Solihull ahead of a planned public consultation next month.

 

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