THE FINAL decision on the future of Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre is to be made next week.
Members of the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County cluster board will meet in Derby on December 7 to decide Corbar’s fate.
The trust have been reviewing Corbar, and the Darley birth centre in Darley Dale, as part of plans to make significant savings as demand for NHS services increase.
If Corbar was to be closed for births, High Peak mums in labour could face a journey down the already heavily-congested A6 to Stockport or a trip on Britain’s most dangerous road, the A537 Cat and Fiddle, to Macclesfield.
Many people have expressed fears that babies could be born on the A6 as their mums are taken to hospital while others are concerned with how these already overstretched maternity units will cope with the added numbers of High Peak women.
This concern was further exacerbated when it was revealed that Stepping Hill had been closed to new admissions on eight occasions last year, and in July, Buxton’s Lauren Faulkner told the Buxton Advertiser how she had been turned away from Stepping Hill when she thought she was in labour because the unit was full.
However, NHS Derbyshire County have said they are confident there will be sufficient maternity provision for High Peak women should Corbar close.