Victory for hospital campaigners

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A WORKSOP campaign group to save vital services at Bassetlaw Hospital is celebrating a victory over the maternity unit this week.

The Save Our Services (SOS) group is delighted hospital chiefs have announced the unit will remain consultant-led - meaning any mums experiencing complicated births won’t have to travel to Doncaster.

The move comes after an expert report was published in January this year recommending a midwifery-led unit for Bassetlaw Hospital and consultants to be centralised to Bassetlaw.

SOS spokesman Adele Mumby said they were delighted with the news, but the battle was far from won.

“We certainly welcome the U-turn but this is not over by far,” she said.

“We’ve been given assurances emergency Caesareans will be dealt with at Bassetlaw, but there are still unanswered questions about what will happen with planned C-sections.”

She added: “We are still going to continue to fight until we have got it in black and white that important services will be saved at Bassetlaw Hospital.”

Speaking on behalf of Bassetlaw Hospital, Dr Steve Kell said they had made a commitment to babies being born in Bassetlaw.

“Working with clinicians we have concluded that a midwife-led unit is not likely to be viable, and that we need to sustain an obstetrician-led service at the hospital,” he said.

“Work is currently ongoing to address challenges to ensure this can be done in a way which is safe, affordable and sustainable.”