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Additional drop in session at Penrith to hear views about maternity services

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Additional drop in session at Penrith to hear views about maternity services

Posted on Friday 20th November 2015

An additional drop in session has been organised to take place in Penrith next week to hear views about maternity services.

At the event, organised by Healthwatch Cumbria, as part of engagement activity taking place across West, North and East Cumbria throughout November 2015, people will have the opportunity to give comments about what is important to them at all stages of pregnancy.

The engagement is targeting women who have used maternity services in the last five years, their partners, families and birth supporters and those who may become pregnant in the future.

The event will take place as follows:

  • Wednesday 25 November from 10am to 12 noon at The Rooms Penrith & St Andrews Café, St. Andrew’s Place, Penrith, CA11 7XX. 

The drop in session at Penrith is in addition to others, previously promoted, taking place next week as follows:

  • Monday 23 November from noon to 2pm at Guide Hall, Back of Library, St George's Road, Millom, Cumbria, England, LA18 4DD
  • Tuesday 24 November from 1pm to 3pm at Appleby Public Hall, Boroughgate, near the Moot Hall, CA16 6XB
  • Wednesday 25 November from 1pm to 3pm at Workington Oval Centre, Salterbeck Dr, Salterbeck, Workington, Cumbria CA14 5HA
  • Thursday 26 November from 11am to 1pm at Whitehaven Senhouse Centre, 3 Senhouse Street, Whitehaven CA28 7ES
  • Thursday 26 November from 2.30 to 4.30 at Egremont Methodist Church, Main Street, Egremont, West Cumbria CA22 2DR.

Over the past two weeks drop in events have already been held at Keswick, Frizington, Alston and Seascale. Since the beginning of the month representatives from Healthwatch, Maternity Services Liaison Committees, which include women who have used maternity services, and local NHS organisations have also been attending sessions for mums and children across West, East and North Cumbria.

The engagement about maternity services which started on 2 November includes an online questionnaire which is available at:


More than 700 responses have been received already. People can also email comments to:


The engagement activity will end at noon on Monday 30 November 2015. All feedback will be evaluated independently by Healthwatch. It will then be handed to the implementation group set up in June following the independent review of maternity services. The group is chaired by Dr David Rogers and includes Dr Anthony Falconer a former past president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) who led the independent review, Cath Broderick, chair of the RCOG Women’s Network, senior local midwives, representatives from Healthwatch and members of Maternity Services Liaison Committees.

In line with the recommendation of the independent review, the implementation group has been developing a detailed feasibility report on the cost, viability and risks of proceeding with Option 1 (the independent review team’s preferred option) in the long term, including the amount of additional commissioned funding required and whether the model can be supported. The report following the review concluded that if this could not be demonstrated, then other options, as outlined in the report, should be considered.

Posted on Friday 20th November 2015


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