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Engagement event to be held on proposed changes to birthing services at Vale of Leven’s CMU

Friday, November 4, 2016

Patients, families and the wider public are being encouraged to attend a public engagement event on proposed changes to the birthing services at the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit (CMU).

The current engagement process outlines the proposal that: 

  • Birthing services will be transferred from Vale of Leven CMU
  • All ante-natal and postnatal services would remain at the CMU
  • Women would have a choice of midwife led birthing services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital or the option to have a home birth 

The public engagement event is being held in the post graduate rooms on the first floor of the CMU building, on Monday, 14 November between 4-7pm. The evening is participative so those with a view are being urged to register by Thursday, 10 November to make sure they can share these views on the night. 

Those attending will have the chance to listen to a talk from Dr Margaret McGuire, Nurse Director, on what is being proposed and why. The talks will be held at 4.15pm, 5.15pm and 6.30pm.  

Dr McGuire said: “It is important people fully understand what we are proposing. We are not proposing to close the Vale of Leven Community Maternity Unit. All ante natal and post natal services will remain and continue to be provided. 

“The only part of the service affected by the proposed change is the midwife-led birthing service. In 2015, there were a total of 635 pregnancy bookings. Of these, 194 healthy women with normal pregnancies were eligible for midwife led births at the CMU. 

“This service was originally planned to accommodate around 300 births annually. However, last year, 50 women – less than one birth per week - gave birth at the hospital and 25 so far this year. 

“Around 12,000 patient appointments are made at the unit each year for antenatal and postnatal care, parent education classes, infant feeding advice and liaison with GPs and health visitors and this will not be affected by the proposals.   

“The engagement process runs until early December and I would especially encourage women who have used or may use the CMU, and the local community, to come along to the engagement event and share their views on what the board is proposing. 

“This event is another opportunity to do this as well as speak to me, clinical staff and managers who run the service at the Community Maternity Unit. 

“It’s very important that anyone planning on attending registers to as many people as people can get involved. We want to hear your views, so please make sure you book a place to ensure they are heard.” 

A dedicated Patient Experience Public Involvement Manager has been working together with the Stakeholder Reference Group which was set up to agree on the best ways to engage with those affected and the local communities since engagement was announced. 

To register for the event by Thursday, 10 November, please call 0141 201 0369 or email [email protected]

Information on the proposal and ways in which people can engage with us can be viewed at www.nhsggc.org.uk/inform-engage-consult/Valebirthingor people can send us their views by emailing [email protected] or by writing to:  

Patient Experience Public Involvement and Quality,

4th Floor West Glasgow ACH,

Dalnair Street,

Glasgow,

G3 8SJ.

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