Social media reacts as changes are considered for Weston-super-Mare's maternity unit
PUBLISHED: 08:30 16 July 2017
Plans to alter maternity services at Weston General Hospital will be reviewed this month.
The hospital is running a month-long consultation to see how its maternity team, based at Ashcombe Ward, can work with the midwifery unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.
Healthcare bosses believe North Somerset mothers will benefit from staff working across both hospitals.
Associate director of nursing at the hospital Julia Stroud said: “We’ve had a long-standing working relationship with St Michael’s and we are developing this further so midwives from Bristol can work in our Ashcombe unit as well as surrounding areas and vice versa.
“That will improve quality of care for all mothers, especially in the community, as it will allow the nearest midwife available to respond quickly to a patient that needs them.”
The hospital recently reduced the size of Ashcombe Ward by 40 per cent to make way for an expanded endoscopy unit.
A hospital spokesman said: “There is absolutely no truth to rumours of a closure. Our Ashcombe unit is a hugely valuable service to women in Weston and the surrounding area.”
Many people took to social media to share their view.
Misty Blamire wrote: “I really hope I can still have great care and support in Weston when I am due to have my baby. I’ve heard nothing but bad reviews from St Michael’s and if I can, don’t intend to go there.”
Steven Morris said: “Why don’t you just shut down the whole hospital and transfer everything to Bristol? That’s a much better solution because that’s the way it’s going.”
Julie Ann Duke said: “Oh my goodness, Bristol is already bursting at the seams and Ashcombe provides the love and care new mothers need. This is really devastating news, do not let this happen.
Hillary Thorne commented: “Bristol is geared up for any problems. Weston maternity isn’t. From my experience, Bristol is the best option, then back to Weston to recuperate especially for first-time births.”
Kate Morris wrote: “St Michael’s can’t cope with the numbers as it is. They had to close to new admissions and take staff from other wards when I was giving birth there last year.”