Louth midwifery service transfers to Northern Lincolnshire

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The Louth community midwifery service is to transfer to Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation (NLaG) this month.

The service, which is currently managed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, will transfer to NLaG on Monday, September 16.

The move has been prompted by an increasing number of expectant mums choosing to have their babies at the maternity unit at Grimsby hospital.

Sue Briggs, trust operational matron for midwifery, said: “Over the past years the number of out of area deliveries has risen, with last year approximately 700 women from the Louth area, which includes Skegness, Mablethorpe, Binbrook, Caistor, Holton-le-Clay and Alford, choosing to have their babies at Grimsby hospital.”

The Trust has a state-of-the-art purpose built maternity unit which provides women with a first class service where they are admitted to bedrooms with ensuite facilities that they can use throughout their stay.

Traditionally women have their babies in a labour ward and are then admitted to a maternity ward.

Sue added: “The transfer will mean the midwives are working to one set of protocols and guidelines which will ensure a seamless package of care for women.

“They will also have continuity of care with midwives from the same organisation providing their antenatal, hospital and postnatal care.”

A total of five midwives will be transferring to the Trust and plans are in place to recruit additional midwives.

Anyone who has any queries, or who would like to contact their local midwife direct should ring (01472) 875548.

Sue also said: “Don’t forget, if you have just found out you are pregnant then contact your local midwife direct. You don’t need to see your GP first.

“Your local team will be a great help to you throughout your pregnancy, ensuring you have access to all the information and clinical support you need.”