Maternity consultation underway

Following last week’s Board meeting, NHS Grampian is now seeking the views of the public on proposed changes to the maternity service in Grampian.

As reported in last week’s Piper, the proposals are part of a wider review of maternity services which has been underway since April 2010. They have been drawn up with input from women and staff from across the North-east.

According to NHS Grampian, at present, there are parts of the maternity service that are not set up in the right way, or located in the right place, to address some of the real challenges staff are facing.

The proposals aim to provide a service that is safer, more sustainable and which will better meet the needs of all women and families across Grampian.

Under the plans, three community maternity units (CMU) in Aberdeen, Peterhead and Inverurie would replace the two birth units in Aboyne and Fraserburgh. A third in Banff has not been operational for two years.

The consultation paper outlines the main differences between the current service and the proposed changes, explains how and why the plans were developed, and a possible timetable for their implementation. Final proposals will go back to the Board of NHS Grampian for approval, but a final decision rests with Scottish Ministers.

The public can feedback by completing the feedback questionnaire, e-mailing comments to nhsg.consult@nhs.net or by writing to Freepost, NHS Grampian.

All responses to the consultation must be received by March 22, 2012.