Monthly Archives: July 2016

An Open Letter to Our Health Secretary

Dear Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt,

Congratulations on your reappointment as our Secretary of State for Health.

You mentioned that your ‘proudest political achievement’ was helping to save Surrey A&E. As Health Secretary we are calling on you to work with other decision makers to restore Wycombe Hospital to a fully functioning one once more, with services including A&E, full maternity and overnight children’s services.

This week some of us gathered at our hospital to send you our message at the start of the parliamentary recess. You can watch our video here: https://vimeo.com/176650226

We formed a chain outside the hospital with our hands up to show that we want downgrades to stop and services restored.

Our petition has reached over 11,000 signatures: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-funding-for-buckinghamshire

Everyone deserves good quality, safe, effective NHS services closer to home. Centralisation of services has gone too far.

We look forward to your response.

With regards,

Ozma

Miss Ozma Hafiz
SaveWycombeHospital
Email: savewycombehospital@live.co.uk             Tweet: @HandBackOurHosp

 

 

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‘Temporary transfer of service for women planning to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre’

Lastest news: The Birthing Centre is now due to reopen on 1st Nov.

Below is a press release from Bucks Healthcare

 

News release

8 July 2016

 Temporary transfer of service for women planning to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre

 

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has taken a number of measures in order to maintain a safe and high standard of care and choice for expectant mothers as a result of an unanticipated number of midwife vacancies across its maternity services.

 

Following a thorough staffing review and risk assessment by the Trust’s women and children’s division, it is therefore planned that, from 25 July to 31 October, all women who had been considering giving birth at Wycombe Birth Centre at Wycombe Hospital – currently around 20 a month – will be offered other alternatives. 

 

This is a temporary measure for three months to allow the Trust time to recruit new midwives and to enable some staff from the Birth Centre to be deployed to cover unfilled shifts across other parts of the service. Antenatal and outpatient postnatal care, which receives around 700 visits from mothers and babies every month, will continue to be provided at Wycombe Birth Centre.

 

The Trust’s maternity team have worked hard to be able to continue to offer a service which is in line with current national recommendations regarding choice of place birth options.

 

All women who are currently considering their birth options or had planned to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre will continue to be fully supported by their community midwives to discuss their birthing preferences. They will be offered a range of alternatives including home birth, Aylesbury Birth Centre, which offers the same maternity-led service as Wycombe, and the consultant-led labour ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

 

Says Carolyn Morrice, chief nurse at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust:

 

“Following a full risk assessment of staffing levels, we decided that offering alternative options for the women considering giving birth at Wycombe Birth Centre was the safest and least disruptive option in order to maintain a full range of birthing choices and to continue to offer the high standards of quality and safe care for all the women we support in giving birth.

 

“This was a difficult decision to make and we recognise that it will be very disappointing for women who may have been considering Wycombe Birth Centre for their delivery during the next three months, and for this we are very sorry. Our team has done everything possible to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. We are confident that with new recruits due to start in October, Wycombe Birth Centre will be able to re-start offering care to women giving birth from 1 November.”

 

 

Note to editors

 

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust provides a range of maternity services across the county, including antenatal clinics, community midwifery, home birth service, midwifery-led birthing units (in Wycombe and Aylesbury) and a consultant-led labour ward (in Aylesbury). The service provides care for over 5,500 women and babies every year.