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Shropshire Health bosses challenged to reassure Mums-to-be by Liberal Democrats

November 11, 2010 2:59 PM

A leading LibDem Councillor has called on the Shropshire Hospitals Trust to give a definitive statement about the future of the Shrewsbury maternity unit following a tip off from within the service that it's future may be at risk.

Cllr Heather Kidd, who fought Ludlow at the general election, said Maternity services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital had been threatened several times over the years and she was extremely concerned.

Heather Kidd said: "The Trust for the Royal Shrewsbury and the Princess Royal Hospitals now has a new Chief Executive who appears to have reopened the debate about cost savings and where services are delivered.

"I want the Trust to give a definitive statement about the future of the Maternity unit at the RSH.

"These hospitals are very much part of the community and employ large numbers of people. Rumours start quickly and grow. Large swathes of south and west Shropshire use the maternity consultant services at the RSH and it takes them around 30 to 50 minutes to get there.

"People from Mid Wales also use the Royal Shrewsbury and for them the travel time can be well over an hour.

"I had two of my daughters at the RSH and it takes around 30mins from my home in Chirbury to get there. If I had had to travel an extra 15-20mins to Telford one of my daughters would probably have been born in the car! And there were complications.

"This is not scare mongering. Several babies in the Chirbury area have been born en route or have had to be delivered at home. Indeed, recently, twins from just over the border in Montgomeryshire (mother from Chirbury) were delivered in the car by their father as they failed to get to the RSH in time."

Wyn Williams, Lib Dem Assembly Candidate for Montgomeryshire, added, "I am working closely with Heather Kidd to try to sort this out. People must have their minds put at rest about this rumour.

"Heather and I are calling on the new Chief Executive, Adam Cairns, to dispel local fears as this would cause severe hardship to many mums-to-be in Mid Wales and South West Shropshire.

"Shrewsbury must keep its maternity unit."