NHS Devon has released their proposals for changing the way maternity services are delivered in Devon. The proposals are about how the NHS will organise their midwifery services, which is already an issue in Tiverton. A public meeting to discuss these proposals will take place at the Sunningmead Community Centre in Tiverton on Wednesday, July 14 between 3.30pm and 5.30pm
The maternity unit in Tiverton has been shut since January 2010 due to staffing issues.
The key proposed changes are to the maternity services are: overnight stays for new mums would come to an end. Following low risk normal deliveries mothers and their babies would be discharged on the same day with postnatal support, and Tiverton will become a birthing centre, which will be midwife led rather than led by doctors.
Mid-Devon District Cllr Janet Rendle said: “The Maternity Unit at Tiverton Hospital provides an invaluable service not just to the residents of Tiverton but to the residents of Mid Devon as a whole.
“The NHS is holding a public consultation meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 3.30pm to 5.30pm at the Sunningmead Community Centre in Tiverton which we urge the people of Mid Devon to attend so that their voices and views can be heard before the proposals are finalised in September.”