Now is your turn to have a say over Corbar proposals

HIGH PEAK people are being urged to make their views heard as the formal engagement process about the future of Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre gets underway.

NHS Derbyshire County launched the process on Monday and to coincide with it, a 12 minute video in which David Sharp, the PCT’s chief executive, answers key questions is now available on You Tube and the trust’s website, www.derbyshirecounty.nhs.uk

In it, he explains why the trust are reviewing the future of Corbar Birth Centre and answers some of the issues raised.

During the engagement, people can have their say on the proposals online, by email, post, or by attending one of the public meetings that will be held.

The engagement form asks for people’s views on the services received, the PCT’s funding of the services and for their concerns and how they can be addressed should Corbar close for births in the future. It is available online on the PCT’s website or on request by calling 0800 032 32 35.

Public meetings will be held on Friday, September 30, from 9.30am -11.30am at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton and Monday, October 3, from 7.30pm – 9.30pm also at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. Everyone is welcome to the meetings.

David Black, Medical Director of NHS Derbyshire, said: “We want to ensure that everyone in Derbyshire has the opportunity to let us know their views over this 12 week period.

”Even if costs don’t go up, Corbar and Darley Birth Centres will still cost the NHS around an extra £3 million on top of the cost of usual maternity services over the next five years and it’s important that we provide the best care possible for every pound spent, for everyone in Derbyshire.

“Because only low-risk women can give birth at Corbar and Darley, this extra cost means the least complicated births are costing the most.

“I would urge people to watch the You Tube video or download the podcast as this explains clearly the reasons for the review and discusses some of the concerns that have already been raised.”

The engagement period lasts for 12 weeks until October 23. A final decision will be made by the NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County Cluster Board in November.