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A REVIEW of the future of Buxton and Darley Dale’s birth centres has received more than 650 responses, health chiefs have said this week.

NHS Derbyshire, who are reviewing the birth centres as part of cost cutting plans, have received over 650 responses from groups, organisations and members of the public. Members of the health trust have also listened to the views and concerns of over 120 people who attended two public meetings held at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

The review asked for the views and concerns of patients, the public, local GPs and other interested parties across Derbyshire and responses will be made public on the PCT’s website at www.derbycitypct.nhs.uk.

Dr David Black, Medical Director of NHS Derbyshire, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to give us their views about the birth centres at Darley Dale and Buxton.

“It was important that everyone in Derbyshire had the opportunity to let us know their views and people have had their say online, by email, post or by attending the public meetings that were held.

“The responses include views about care before and after delivery (antenatal and post natal care) which we will take into account if the decision is to make changes to either or both of the birth centres.

“It was good to meet with many local people face to face at the public meetings. I would like to express my thanks to everyone who attended.”

The possible outcomes of the review are: no change; close Corbar Birth Centre and keep Darley Birth Centre open; close Darley Birth Centre and keep Corbar Birth Centre open; close both centres.

Corbar and Darley are the only two stand-alone midwifery units in Derbyshire and the health trust have said they exist for historical reasons rather than because of any particular evidence-based health need in the community.

A final decision on the future of Corbar and Darley will be made at the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Cluster Board meeting on December 7.