Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Hospitals welcome report

22/07/2008 - 00:00
Staff at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust (SNEYHT) have welcomed the Independent Reconfiguration Panel's (IRP) report into maternity services in north east Yorkshire.

The report, published this week, is the culmination of a three-month independent review to examine the trust's proposals to make changes to its maternity services.

SNEYHT Chief Nurse, Teresa Fenech said: "The Panel has considered clinical evidence and listened to staff and the public in their review. We agree with the panel that high-quality maternity services, led by consultants and midwives are an absolute must for the people of north east Yorkshire.

"We welcome their advice and will work with NHS organisations, our staff and local people to implement their recommendations and to make sure our maternity services are second to none."

Last year, midwives and doctors at SNEYHT delivered 1,657 babies. Of these births, 98 babies were born in the maternity units in Bridlington, Malton and Whitby, around 30 births took place in each one.

Taking into account the number of births and potential births in each local area, the panel concluded that the best service for all mothers and babies, would be provided through a single midwifery-led unit for births in Scarborough. Local hospitals will continue to provide ante and post-natal care.

"We recognise that there are concerns - and would like to offer our assurance that mothers and babies will still be able to get top class ante-natal and post-natal support in Bridlington, Malton and Whitby," said Teresa.

"Midwife-led births will take place at these hospitals until the Scarborough unit is fully operational in early 2009."

The purpose-designed Scarborough unit will offer natural, home-style birth. It will be supervised by midwives, with consultant obstetricians and paediatricians on hand if needed. It will be available to all clinically-eligible mothers across Scarborough and North East Yorkshire.

Secretary of State Alan Johnson has accepted the recommendations and SNEYHT managers and midwives will now consider these in detail with colleagues at North Yorkshire and York and East Riding of Yorkshire PCTs.

Joint statement from North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust & East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust.

"We welcome this report by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and note the recommendations they make.

"We will be working with Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Trust in the coming days to examine the report and its recommendations in detail, before agreeing on how we will implement these recommendations and address the issues raised by the report."

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