Anxious wait for decision

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A FORMAL engagement process on the future of Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre has now closed and campaigners face a nervous six week wait to discover the unit’s fate.

NHS Derbyshire County are reviewing the birth centre, which is based at Buxton Hospital, as part of plans to make significant savings as demand for NHS services increases.

A 12-week engagement process which gave local residents the chance to have their say on the proposals closed on Sunday and NHS Derbyshire County are set to make a decision on Corbar’s future at their board meeting in December.

The trust have said they are reviewing only where births take place and that all antenatal/postnatal appointments and antenatal classes would continue to be provided locally.

The plans to review Corbar, and the Darley Birth Centre in Darley Dale, have caused controversy since they were announced in May and more than 4,600 people pledged their support for the centre by signing a petition, which was handed over to the health trust last month.

Residents also had the chance to make their views known during two public meetings that were held in Buxton.

The final decision about Corbar will be made on December 7.