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Plans for new maternity unit at Furness General Hospital

Plans for new maternity unit at Furness General Hospital to “hit the road” across Morecambe Bay. 

The maternity and estates teams from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) are taking the plans for the new Maternity Unit at Furness General Hospital (FGH) on the road to talk to staff and the public at special drop in events across Morecambe Bay.

Plans for a new £11m Maternity Unit at FGH were approved at the UHMBT Trust Board meeting on 30 March, and include 14 en-suite birthing rooms with facilities for partners or family to stay overnight, two dedicated operating theatres, a special care baby unit, and a bereavement suite.

The plans for the unit were co-designed with staff, service users and members of the public to make sure that the finished unit offers local people the best service possible.

To give staff, members of the public, and stakeholders the opportunity to come and look at the plans in more detail and talk directly to clinical and estates staff who will be happy to answer any questions, a special ‘drop-in’ event has been arranged on Thursday 14 April, from 3pm – 7pm, in the Lonsdale Restaurant at FGH.

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said: “We want this new unit to feel like it is owned by the local community so it was really important to us when developing the plans that we asked for the opinions and ideas of those that have used or might use our maternity services, staff that will work in the new unit, and members of the general public.

“We had excellent feedback and ideas and took all of them on board. We now believe that thanks to the contribution of local people, we have plans that will transform maternity services at FGH.”

For those that can’t make the session at FGH, further events will take place at the Trust’s other hospitals on the dates and times below:

  • Royal Lancaster Infirmary: Monday 25 April, from 4pm – 5pm
  • Ulverston Health Centre: Tuesday 26 April, from 4pm – 5pm
  • Westmorland General Hospital: Tuesday 3 May, from 4pm – 5pm
  • Queen Victoria Hospital, Morecambe: Thursday 5 May, from 4pm – 5pm

Further details on these events will soon be available on the Trust’s website at www.uhmb.nhs.uk.

David Walker, Medical Director, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “We want to give everyone the opportunity to come and have a look at the plans in more detail and speak to the staff and service users that were involved in creating them.

“This is your chance to ask questions and see for yourself what the future of maternity services at the hospital will look like so we hope as many people as possible will take the time to come along.”

Regular updates on progress with the new unit will be shared in a variety of different ways, for example: a weekly photograph update on social media and Trust websites, issuing a monthly update, and a dedicated web page on the Trust’s website at www.uhmb.nhs.uk.