Full time birth centre closed a week early

It was the end of an era for maternity services in the Dales, as the overnight facility at the Darley Birth Centre closed.

The centre at the Whitworth Hospital was meant to remain upon until July 1, however it was closed by NHS Derbyshire County a week early due to staffing issues.

The Darley Birth Centre will be open seven days a week from 8am until 4pm, catering for both postnatal and antenatal patients.

Women will also benefit from one late evening antenatal and postnatal clinic at the midwifery base at least one evening a week until 8pm.

Telephone advice and support is available to women 24 hours a day, seven days a week and this will be provided by the community midwifery team during working hours and a 24 hour triage service at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Stepping Hill Hospital out of hours.

Access to ultrasound services based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Buxton Hospital remains unchanged.

The provision of a community home birth service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NHS Derbyshire County also plans to step up the breast feeding support available to nursing mothers.