MATERNITY & PAEDIATRICS 2017-10-02T15:23:46+00:00

The future of maternity and paediatrics

  • New consultant-led maternity and paediatric services from the Major Emergency Hospital in Bournemouth

  • A state-of-the-art new maternity unit will be built at the Major Emergency Hospital in Bournemouth

  • Seeking to commission a consultant led maternity and paediatric services integrated across Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital for people in Dorset (to be considered by Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital)

“We listened carefully to the feedback we received and I am confident that these decisions will lead to improved services for parents that are sustainable for the future.”

Dr Karen Kirkham, Weymouth GP

Following the launch of the Clinical Services Review in October 2014, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) were invited in August 2015 to conduct an evaluation and options appraisal of maternity and children’s services across Dorset. The review made a number of recommendations and suggested changes were considered in the final proposals on which views were sought in late 2016 /early 2017.

Sometimes there are problems in childbirth for mothers and/or babies. Children and young people must also be able to access expert care quickly. By delivering consultant-led maternity and paediatric services from the Major Emergency Hospital in Bournemouth, parents will be able to access purpose built facilities which will see a large investment. Highly skilled on-site care will be available for babies and parents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In the west of the county we will seek to commission the delivery of consultant-led maternity and paediatric services integrated across Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital for the Dorset population. This means that over the coming months, both hospitals will consider how this could work to offer the best for local families, with any plans being subject to further public consultation by both Dorset and Somerset CCGs.

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals

  • 24/7 high risk obstetrics unit for maternity

  • Alongside Midwifery-led unit

  • 24/7 inpatient consultant delivered paediatrics

  • Local neonatal unit Level 2

Summary of other services

Poole Hospital

  • Antenatal and postnatal care

  • Children’s therapies and outpatients

Summary of other services

Dorset County Hospital

  • Consultant-led maternity and paediatric services integrated across Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital for the Dorset population. Any proposed changes to services in either hospital would be subject to further local public consultation by both Dorset and Somerset CCGs as appropriate

Summary of other services