Drop in sessions at Seascale, Millom, Appleby, Workington, Whitehaven and Egremont to hear views about maternity services

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Drop in sessions at Seascale, Millom, Appleby, Workington, Whitehaven and Egremont to hear views about maternity services

Posted on Thursday 19th November 2015

(please note change of venue for Millom)

Drop in sessions are taking place at Seascale, Millom, Appleby, Workington, Whitehaven and Egremont over the next two weeks to hear views about maternity services.

At the events being led by Healthwatch Cumbria, as part of engagement activity taking place across West, East and North Cumbria throughout November 2015, people will have the opportunity to give comments about what is important to them at all stages of pregnancy.

The engagement is targeting women who have used maternity services in the last five years, their partners, families and birth supporters and those who may become pregnant in the future.

The events will take place as follows:

 Friday 20 November from 10am to noon at Seascale Methodist Church Rooms, Gosforth Road, Seascale CA20 1PU

 Monday 23 November from noon to 2pm at Guide Hall, Back of Library, St George's Road, Millom, Cumbria, England, LA18 4DD

 Tuesday 24 November from 1pm to 3pm at Appleby Public Hall, Boroughgate, near the Moot Hall, CA16 6XB

 Wednesday 25 November from 1pm to 3pm at Workington Oval Centre, Salterbeck Dr, Salterbeck, Workington, Cumbria CA14 5HA

 Thursday 26 November from 11am to 1pm at Whitehaven Senhouse Centre, 3 Senhouse Street, Whitehaven CA28 7ES

 Thursday 26 November from 2.30 to 4.30 at Egremont Methodist Church, Main Street, Egremont, West Cumbria CA22 2DR.

These are in addition to the drop in events already held at Keswick, Frizington and Alston.

Sue Stevenson from Healthwatch Cumbria said: “Since the beginning of November we have attended around 40 sessions where mums and families have been present with young children and a further 20 are planned. These are spread across Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland and Eden and in those areas where there are either no sessions or groups that we can attend or where we need to add to what already exists, we are holding drop in events.

“We would like to thank all the people who have already taken time to share their views with us about what’s important to them during all stages of pregnancy and look forward to hearing from more over the next two weeks.”

The engagement about maternity services which started on 2 November, includes an online questionnaire which is available at:

 www.surveymonkey.com/r/maternityviews|

More than 700 responses have been received already. People can also email comments to:

 info@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk|

This week representatives from Healthwatch, Maternity Services Liaison Committees, which include women who have used maternity services, and local NHS organisations will attend sessions for mums and children at Carlisle, Workington, Aspatria, Penrith, Maryport, Wigton, Broughton Moor, Cockermouth and Carlisle.

The engagement activity will end at noon on Monday 30 November 2015. All feedback will be evaluated independently by Healthwatch. It will then be handed to the implementation group set up in June following the independent review of maternity services. The group is chaired by Dr David Rogers and includes Dr Anthony Falconer a former past president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) who led the independent review, Cath Broderick, chair of the RCOG Women’s Network, senior local midwives, representatives from Healthwatch and members of Maternity Services Liaison Committees.

In line with the recommendation of the independent review, the implementation group has been developing a detailed feasibility report on the cost, viability and risks of proceeding with Option 1 (the independent review team’s preferred option) in the long term, including the amount of additional commissioned funding required and whether the model can be supported. The report following the review concluded that if this could not be demonstrated, then other options, as outlined in the report, should be considered.

Posted on Thursday 19th November 2015

 

 
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