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Plans for a new £11 million maternity unit in Barrow have been approved by the NHS trust's board today.
It follows recommendations made in the wake of deaths of mothers and babies at Furness General Hospital
The brand new unit will be split over two floors and will include 14 en-suite birthing rooms, two dedicated theatres, a Special Care Baby Unit, Maternity Assessment,and a Bereavement Suite.
"It is a real signal of intent I believe as to our Trust’s commitment and desire to provide the very best services for the people of Barrow and surrounding areas.
“The current Maternity Unit at FGH has been there since the hospital opened in 1984, and as you would expect of a unit which has been there for over 30 years, clinical practice and technology have moved on at pace and the building now needs to be significantly improved to match it.
“The best thing about these plans is that they were co-designed with staff, those that use our services, and the general public."
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Furness General Hospital at Barrow in Cumbria has begun an inquiry after the death of a baby.
It's been reported that the baby died after being born at the maternity unit within the last month.
“It is tragic that a family has lost a loved one, and our heartfelt condolences go out to them.
“It is not appropriate to disclose further details, but as is our practice in circumstances like this, a full independent investigation was launched immediately to allow us to understand what happened and if there was anything that could or should have been done differently.
We will continue to liaise directly with the family.”
A year ago an inquiry report found a series of failings at the unit.
Police are hunting a sex offender who is on the loose and wanted for return to prison.
Andrew Adams is thought to be in the Barrow area, Cumbria Police said.
The 48-year-old had been in prison serving time for sex offences but breached the terms of his licence after being released part way through his sentence, the force said.
He is now wanted for a recall to prison and police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen him.
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