HEALTH bosses have confirmed that Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre is to remain open until July 1 after concerns were raised that the unit was set to close earlier.
In December, members of NHS Derbyshire County agreed to close Corbar – and the Darley Birth Centre in Darley Dale – for births from July, despite campaigns to save the much-loved facility. Many High Peak mums-to-be have said they have since been told Corbar would be closed before July though the trust has now denied this.
Sally Savage, assistant director of commissioning with responsibility for children’s and maternity services, said: “I can confirm that our commissioning intentions haven’t changed and we have commissioned the birth centres up until July 1 as previously stated.”
The trust added: “The PCT Cluster is committed to maintaining antenatal and postnatal services in the two areas (Buxton and Darley).
“Local Clinical Commissioning Groups, which will be taking on many of the functions of the PCT Cluster in April 2013, will be working with service providers and service users to plan future maternity services.
“They will ensure they take into consideration the views expressed during the birth centre engagement process. A Project Group is being set up to take this next stage forward, including clinicians, the CCG (clinical commissioning group), midwives and service users.”
Buxton county councillor Pam Reddy, who has been involved with the campaign to save Corbar throughout, said: “I am pleased to hear that the PCT have confirmed that mums can continue to deliver their babies at Corbar until July 1.
“However I am greatly concerned that we still do not know what the service will look like after this date.”