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Maternity Services in Wakefield District


The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which provides maternity care in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury areas is considering making changes to the service at Pontefract Hospital.


This could involve no longer offering the choice of giving birth in the midwife led unit at Pontefract Hospital. The changes would not affect ante-natal care or post-natal care that is provided at the hospital or in the community. Those who have a normal pregnancy would still have the option of giving birth at home or in a hospital if they choose.


The Trust is considering this change because the number of births at Pontefract is so low that they do not believe keeping the midwife led unit is an effective use of staff or resources.


We recently asked local people for their views on maternity services and you can find the report of this work here. If you'd like to be involved in any future discussions, please contact us on 01924 317644 or email sarah.deakinwakefieldccg.nhsuk


Relevant documents

Feedback from the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate - September 2019


Adults Services, Public Health and the NHS Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Thursday, 24 January 2019 2pm - Agenda Item 9


NHS Wakefield CCG Governing Body Papers, Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Maternity Engagement Report 2018