A Greater Manchester hospital will shut its overnight maternity unit and children’s services today.
The closures at Fairfield General Hospital mean pregnant women in Bury will have to travel to North Manchester General Hospital or the Royal Bolton Hospital to give birth.
The trust which runs the hospital had to make £45m of savings and shed up to 1,000 jobs.
Campaigners lobbied the Government to try to keep it open but failed to get a u-turn.
They launched an e-petition and challenged the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to keep them open.
Other maternity services, including routine outpatient antenatal care and scans, will remain at the hospital.
The changes are part of a programme called ‘Making it Better’. Part of the scheme involves reorganising children’s and maternity services and concentrating services in fewer, larger units.
The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, which runs Fairfield General, has produced a video about the changes.
Cathy Trinick, Divisional Director for women and children’s services at the trust, said: “It is important women speak with their midwife if they need any more information or have questions. Tours around the new and expanded units at North Manchester General and The Royal Bolton Hospital are available, so women and their partners can see the new facilities and meet staff.
“We want to make sure that women feel confident and well informed about the choices available to them.”