Meeting to discuss maternity services in Darley Dale

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MEMBERS of the public are invited to a public meeting on May 24 in Darley Dale to hear how maternity services will be provided following the closure of the birth centre.

Health bosses will share their plans of how women will continue receiving high quality support during and after pregnancy at the meeting which will be held in The Terrace Room at the Joseph Whitworth Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

Last year, the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Cluster announced they would be closing Darley Dale Birth Centre and Corbar Birth Centre on July 1 following a public engagement process.

Local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which will be taking on many of the functions of the cluster in April 2013, have been working with service providers and service users to ensure they take into consideration the views that the public expressed during the birth centre engagement process. A project group was set up including clinicians, the CCG, midwives and service users.

Dr Ben Milton, chair for North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are fully committed to maintaining high quality, local antenatal and postnatal services in the area.

“This meeting will be a chance for people to find out about the range of maternity services that will be in place once the birth centres close, including locally based breastfeeding support services, baby clinics, antenatal and postnatal care.”

For further information about the meeting, please contact NHS Derbyshire County’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 032 32 35.