Northumberland CCG

Maternity services in Northumberland

The client

Explain has supported an extensive public consultation and evaluation regarding emergency care services in Northumberland and North Tyneside since 2009 and continuing into 2016, currently working with Northumberland CCG.

The need

As part of the consultation the public were asked about the development of a new emergency care hospital in Cramlington and where maternity care should be provided. This identified a need for further consultation specifically around the provision of maternity services across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The outcome

An initial wide reaching qualitative and quantitative phase of research across North Tyneside and Northumberland, allowed the preferences of mothers and future mothers to be captured in terms of pre-natal, labour and delivery and post-natal services. This robust base of evidence helped guide future strategy and decision making through a thorough knowledge of what local women cared about most.

Following on from this due to safety concerns it was necessary to carry out urgent engagement followed by a 14 week public consultation to seek the views of local people for midwifery-led care in Berwick. This was due to safety concerns with a unit with a very small number of deliveries.

Most recently, similar pieces of research have been conducted in Alnwick and Hexham to understand the preferences of local women in these areas to feed into future decisions about maternity service provision at the hospitals in these areas.

Sage Bellway

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