Services to remain suspended whilst Berwick's future is decided

Maternity services at Berwick Hospital are up for discussion again after its NHS Trust released its recommendations for the future of the unit.

Some services will remain suspended until Northumbria Healthcare feel that it is safe enough for them to go ahead, but the unit will remain open to all antenatal, postnatal and consultant-led clinics for the meantime.

“There are no other rural parts of England with such a low number of births as Berwick and this is also something which we cannot ignore. These low birth numbers are not just a result of changing national guidance, which we must adhere to, but also the choices Berwick women are making about their maternity care – the majority of low risk women who could have chosen Berwick to deliver their baby, chose a consultant-led unit instead."

– Janice McNichol, Head of Midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

“As a Trust, we are fully committed to providing a safe, round the clock, maternity service for the people of Berwick and hope this is clear from the two options for a future safe service which we have put forward to our commissioners NHS North of Tyne for consideration."

– Janice McNichol, Head of Midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has reaffirmed its commitment to keeping Berwick's maternity services safe after they were temporarily suspended earlier this year.