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.