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.