SERVICES at Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre are continuing as normal while its future is being reviewed, the health trust in charge have said.
NHS Derbyshire County are currently reviewing the future of Corbar as part of plans to make significant savings as demand for NHS services increases.
The trust have said they are only reviewing where births take place and that antenatal and postnatal appointments will continue to be provided at Corbar.
A pre-engagement process with key stakeholders is currently under way and a formal public engagement process will start on August 1 before a final decision is expected in November.
However, several local families and councillors have recently raised concerns that they are currently not being given the option of using Corbar’s facilities, but the PCT has said this is not the case and Corbar is running as normal.
A statement from NHS Derbyshire County said: “We can confirm that low-risk women are still able to choose to give birth at Corbar and be offered postnatal care at the Centre if appropriate.
“However, Corbar Birth Centre has just four beds, so priority is given to births and for those who would benefit most from the postnatal support that is provided by the Centre. Corbar Birth Centre is not there to provide extra rest for people who have already been assessed as being fit to return home.
“If the mother and baby have been assessed as being fit to be discharged it is more appropriate for them to be at home, where they will receive postnatal support from their midwife and other support services (such as breastfeeding support) in their own environment.
“We can reassure everyone that it is business as usual at Corbar Birth Centre and our current arrangements will remain in place throughout the engagement period.”