The birthing facilities at the Friarage Maternity Centre will temporary move in August while essential maintenance work – and a bit of a make-over – is carried out.
For a short period of time, the service will transfer from its current first-floor location to the ground floor next to the short-stay paediatric assessment unit. This will be for an estimated three weeks from Monday 8 August.
Ante-natal and post-natal services will continue to be provided as normal in the ante natal clinic, Maternity Day Unit and the community midwives `hub` on the first floor.
Deborah Hebblethwaite, a midwife and the maternity centre’s manager, said: “The move is temporary while some essential maintenance work is carried out but it also gives us the opportunity to make some improvements to the environment.
We’re writing out to all our ladies under our care to let them know and to assure them that their care during childbirth will continue to be given by the same team of highly qualified and experienced midwives. The facilities available to them, including water birth and pain relief, will remain unchanged.”
The Friarage midwifery-led unit caters for straight-forward births, although women with high risk pregnancies can still receive all their outpatient antenatal care at the Friarage with a consultant obstetrician.
The only difference is they would need to deliver in a consultant-led obstetric unit where facilities for complications are more immediately available.
This temporary location will be signposted from the reception area at the main hospital entrance.