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Mothers get back to having babies in reopened Trowbridge birth unit
3:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
TROWBRIDGE Birthing Centre will be fully operational again from Monday, following its partial closure over the summer.
In July, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which oversees seven maternity units, took the decision to stop births in Trowbridge and send staff to cover other hospitals that were struggling with staff shortages.
The trust has now spent £680,000 recruiting 36 midwives, which has allowed the Trowbridge team to come back home.
Christina Rattigan, the trust’s head of midwifery, said: “With high sickness levels earlier in the year in one part of our service, we needed to move staff around to make sure we could continue to provide a safe service for mothers and their babies.
“We are delighted to be in a position to be able to resume normal service. I would like to thank local women for their support and all the midwives and support staff who’ve helped over the past few weeks and months to cover shifts.
“Because of their goodwill and professionalism, we have managed to maintain a safe service.”
Expectant mothers had to give birth in Chippenham, Frome and Bath. Antenatal, postnatal and parenthood sessions continued to run.
During the 12-week closure, families, councillors and Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott campaigned to ensure a full service returned.
Trowbridge councillor Graham Payne, chairman of the area board, said: “This is something which must not happen again.”
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