Full maternity service at Alex - but for how long?

By Ian Dipple Friday 01 August 2014 Updated: 04/08 22:34

A FULL maternity service at the Alexandra Hospital will remain in place for at least another month.

Due to a shortage of specialist neonatal nurses, hospital bosses were considering restricting births at the Woodrow Drive Hospital so women delivering under 37 weeks, high risk or multiple pregnanices would have to give birth in Worcester. It was expected the restriction would be put in place over the summer.

But having successfully staffed rotas through July, hospital chiefs say they have achieved the same during August.

Penny Venables, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said the situation remained fragile and continued safe staffing of rotas would depend on the availability of the appropriate agency nurses and other factors.

“It’s a week by week situation. If half our staff got norovirus then we would have to [introduce the restriction].”

She added the situation should be resolved by January when additional stafff will have completed the course and others would be returning from maternity leave.

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