Villa Park to host temporary maternity clinics

Aston Villa's home ground could host temporary maternity care for expectant mothers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Villa Park's North Stand would be used as weekday clinics from Monday (April 27).

It's after the Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust approached the Premier League club as they are 'geographically' in the right place for patients.

The service at Villa Park will be staffed by 10 midwives and two support workers, with two health visitors taking appointments.

The trust's deputy director of midwifery Louise Wilde, who is also a Villa fan, said she was pleased the football club agreed to help the trust.

I am really pleased that Aston Villa agreed to accommodate the trust.

Louise Wilde:
West Bromwich Albion's home ground is already being used a temporary maternity clinic. Credit: PA images

Postnatal and antenatal care by midwives is already being hosted at Albion's Hawthorns ground, including health visitors holding appointments for new parents, as well as newborn hearing screening tests.

Head of foundation and community partnerships at Aston Villa, Guy Rippon, said they are 'delighted' to help out their local NHS hospitals by opening up Villa Park as a temporary maternity clinic.

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