NHS officials in Lincolnshire have confirmed that Grantham Hospital will lose its maternity unit.
It follows a public consultation on plans for the future of the hospital.
The proposals included developing an A&E Care Centre, provide more outpatient services from the hospital, improving children’s services and relocate the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit next to an obstetric unit.
On average 86% of respondents (718 responded) strongly agreed or agreed with the proposals.
An SOS Grantham Hospital petition signed by more than seven thousand people opposed the closure of the unit and called for health bosses to improve the current service.
We believe that the women of South West Lincolnshire deserve to have access to the best quality maternity services possible and we have given this careful thought as part of the consultation process. The Royal College of Midwives, along with 60% of local people support our plans to relocate the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit alongside an obstetric unit. This will also enable a greater choice of health care services at Grantham of which 97% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed to.
– Dr Vindi Bhandl, Acting Chair for South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Mums will continue to benefit from the excellent antenatal, postnatal and home birth service provided in the local area; there will be no change to these services.