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Drop in sessions will take place at Keswick, Frizington, Alston and Seascale to hear views about maternity services

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Drop in sessions will take place at Keswick, Frizington, Alston and Seascale to hear views about maternity services

Posted on Monday 9th November 2015

Drop in sessions are taking place at Keswick, Frizington, Alston and Seascale over the next week to hear views about maternity services.

At the events which are being led by Healthwatch Cumbria, as part of engagement activity taking place across West, East and North 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 events will take place as follows:

  • Wednesday 11 November from 10 to noon at Rawnsley Hall, Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5NP
  • Wednesday 11 November from 5 to 7pm at Frizington Community Primary School, Main Street, Frizington, Cumbria CA26 3PF
  • Monday 16 November from 3.15 to 5pm at Alston Primary School, Garrigill Road, Alston CA9 3UF
  • Friday 20 November from 10am to noon at Seascale Methodist Church Rooms, Gosforth Road, Seascale CA20 1PU

Sue Stevenson from Healthwatch Cumbria said: “During November we have made arrangements to attend more than 50 sessions where mums and families are present with young children. These are spread across Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland and Eden but we have identified a few areas where there are either no sessions or groups that we can attend or where we need to add to what already exists, and that’s why the drop in events have been arranged.

“We look forward to meeting with local people at these events and to hearing what’s important to them during all stages of pregnancy.”

The engagement about maternity services which started on 2 November, includes an online questionnaire which is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/maternityviews|

In the first week more than 500 responses were received. People can also email comments to info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk|

Last week representatives from Healthwatch, Maternity Services Liaison Committees, which include women who have used maternity services, and local NHS organisations attended sessions for mums and children at Aspatria, Carlisle, Cleator Moor, Cockermouth, Egremont, Maryport, Millom, Wigton, Whitehaven and Workington and more are planned for the next three weeks.

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 Monday 9th November 2015


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