Births resume at South Tyneside District Hospital for a guaranteed three months

South Tyneside District Hospital Credit: ITV

Babies will be born at South Tyneside District Hospital for the first time since the service was suspended.

Births were temporarily suspended at the hospital on 4 December 2017. This was following the temporary suspension of the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) service on 30 November 2017.

Healthcare leaders suspended births at the hospital while the SCBU service was unavailable due to staffing shortages. They say the decision was taken to ensure ongoing safe care for pregnant women and babies. ‎

Healthcare leaders are keen to emphasise that the SCBU service still remains very fragile due to staffing pressures and the situation will continue to be monitored closely on a daily basis.

The Trust has also thanked NHS colleagues at the region’s neonatal and maternity networks, neighbouring maternity services and the North East Ambulance Service for their help and support during this temporary suspension of services in South Tyneside.