A new centre has opened to provide local access to a wide range of maternity services for women across West Glasgow.
The West Maternity Care Centre (WMCC), which is staffed by community midwives and physiotherapists, is located in the former Beatson outpatient building on the Western Infirmary site. When fully operational, it will allow local access to a number of outpatient clinics including physiotherapy, health education classes, antenatal clinics and ultrasound scanning.
Rosslyn Crocket, Director of Women and Children’s Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We made a commitment to develop a community maternity centre in the West of the city before The Queen Mother’s Hospital closes at the end of 2009.
“I’m therefore delighted that we have not only managed to open this important local facility well ahead of schedule, but have also met all of the key requirements identified by local women such as ground floor accommodation, a separate dedicated entrance and good transport links.
As part of the first phase, the centre will provide a wide range of clinics and classes including breast-feeding problem clinics and support groups, shape-up classes for new mums and physiotherapy clinics for pregnant women who are experiencing back, pelvic and joint pain. Additional clinics and services will be rolled out the next few months, prior to the closure of The Queen Mother’s hospital.
Women who experience, or are at risk of experiencing, complications during their pregnancy will continue be referred to one of the city’s maternity hospitals where they will be seen by a multi-disciplinary team led by a consultant obstetrician.
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Notes to Editors
The Beatson outpatient building will provide an interim base for the WMCC for the next four years while work is carried out to identify a permanent location, in advance of the planned closure of the Western Infirmary in 2013.