Plans to reopen the midwifery led unit (MLU) at Bishop Auckland
Hospital in September are on track thanks to a successful
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has
successfully recruited 12 new midwives to the maternity service
which includes consultant led units at Durham and Darlington. This
means the MLU will be able to reopen on 5 September as planned.
The midwife led unit is a popular choice for around 350 women a
year who have low risk pregnancies. It operates with a small group
of staff and with some staff leaving the unit and a small number of
experienced staff suffering some long term health problems, it
meant the Trust did not have enough midwives to cover all rotas
safely between 2 July and 5 September.
The unit was therefore temporarily closed on 2 July as the Trust
felt it couldn't guarantee safe care 24 hours a day for ladies
using the unit.
As well as recruiting to the vacant posts, the Trust is also
consulting on a new model of working which would prevent a similar
scenario arising in the future.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham