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Wiltshire NHS confirms closure of birthing facilities in Trowbridge and Paulton

The two birthing centres will close, the NHS has confirmed. Credit: ITV West Country

Women in parts of Wiltshire and Somerset will have to travel further to give birth, as the NHS confirms it's closing facilities in Trowbridge and Paulton.

Health managers said they have spent the last three years working with thousands of mothers and exploring options, but too few babies are being born at the centres.

Some midwives will now be relocated to new units at Bath's Royal United Hospital in a move that the NHS hopes will reorganise resources more effectively.

There will be a new midwife-led centre at the hospital, as well as one in Salisbury.

Many opposed the changes when they were proposed, saying that hospital wards are busy enough already.

Many women choose to give birth in the maternity unit at Bath's RUH. Credit: ITV West Country

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

The proposal was developed to better meet the needs and choices of women and families across the whole of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. These changes will mean more equal access to choice for women about where to have their babies, a more effective use of resources, a better supported home birth service and enhanced antenatal and postnatal care.

– Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Sarah Merritt, Acting Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust said: "The addition of Alongside Midwifery Units at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and at Salisbury Hospital will give our birthing mums a new option for labour and delivery, significantly enhancing choices in Salisbury in particular."

She continued, "Our midwives and staff are excited to embrace this new way of working in purpose built facilities.”