The Midweek Herald reported on the 17th February that ‘ the hospital’s role will be downgraded to a birthing unit, with new mums sent home the same day – and is such a change is implemented, it will end Honiton Hospital’s long-standing reputation for providing in-patient post-natal care.’
NHS Devon says a change in management of community maternity services will bring improvements for expectant mothers and their families.
At a meeting on Monday 8th March, Honiton Town Council councillors expressed grave concerns about the downgrading of post-natal care at Honiton Community Hospital. Former mayor Councillor Sally Casson said “We are in extreme danger of losing first class facilities”. Councillor Alf Boom described the changes to post-natal care as “enormously worrying”.
The Green Party says “Maternity units should be sufficient in number and located so that all women are within reasonable reach of one.” If Honiton is downgraded to a birthing unit, then any mother to be who does not present with a ‘normal’ pregnancy and birth will have to another hospital further away, in Exeter, Tiverton or Taunton.
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