Hospital bosses agree to support women affected by collapse of midwifery service

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 7:22am

By Simon Humphreys & Stephen Topping

Bosses at Leighton Hospital in Crewe are assuring women affected by the collapse of a midwifery service they will get the support they need.

Its after One to One - which specialised in home births - informed the NHS it could no longer run its services in the north west.

More than 300 women in Cheshire are believed to be affected.

But at Monday’s board of directors meeting, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which runs Leighton Hospital, along with Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst in Winsford – confirmed it would support local women  who had been affected.

Emma McGuigan, director of operations at the trust, said: “We have been proactively contacting women in the area and facilitating their care.

“We have been providing assurance, and we have the capacity and the infrastructure to support those women.”

One to One provided both ante-natal and post-natal support for women in their homes.

Ms McGuigan added that the trust would be advertising for more midwives to join the team after agreeing with commissioners that it could support women who were being helped by One to One.

Dr Paul Dodds, the trust’s deputy chief executive, added: “We have business continuity plans in place should anything like this ever happen.

“So in effect we have just triggered that business continuity plan and off we went.”

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