Darley birth unit supporters have their say

Birth centre supporters had a chance to have their say at the first meeting about the future of the Darley Dale unit.

As the Mercury went to press campaigners and residents were set to lobby NHS bosses at the public meeting in the Whitworth Centre.

Families say the centre is an invaluable facility for the area and want to see it saved but health chiefs say it cost too much to run.

NHS Derbyshire is running an engagement period for people to have their say on the future of the midwifery led Darley Birth Centre.

A decision on whether or not to close the centre will be made in November.

David Black, medical director of NHS Derbyshire, said: “We do encourage everyone to come along to the meetings and let us know their views about the Birth Centre Review.

“This is an opportunity for people in Derbyshire to have their say and everyone is welcome.

“As part of the review we are asking people across Derbyshire for their views on the services and what their concerns would be if the units were to close.

“Only low-risk women can give birth at Darley, but the cost is much greater than for low risk deliveries at the other midwifery led units used by Derbyshire women.

“With the financial pressures the NHS is facing, it is important that we make sure services represent fair access to care and value for money.”

Another meeting will be held on Monday, September 26, at the Whitworth Centre from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

People can also have their say online, by email, post, or by telephone.

For more information go to www.mhlof.co.uk

The engagement document is available online at www.derbyshirecounty.nhs.uk/ or on request by calling 0800 032 32 35.