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To help us protect our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to close our Bournemouth Birth Centre and relocate our women to Poole Maternity Unit for labour, for the foreseeable future. The safety of birthing women, their babies and our staff is absolutely paramount, but the current coronavirus situation and the impact on our staffing levels means that we can no longer consistently provide safe care. We are also mindful of the pressures on the ambulance service, and by consolidating births onto one site, we will no longer need ambulances to carry out emergency/urgent transfers to Poole.
We are working closely with colleagues at the Poole Maternity Unit to enable this change to take place as swiftly and smoothly as possible. Poole Hospital provides an excellent service, and offers the whole range of birthing options, including the Haven Birthing Suite for low risk births.
The Bournemouth Birth Centre will close on Friday 27 March and we will not be accepting any women for labour care after 8am on Friday morning. Our Antenatal Clinic will continue to provide services as normal.
Our home birth service will continue, subject to safe levels of staffing being available. All women who have booked for home births will be contacted individually regarding this. Anyone who thinks they may be in labour should contact the Labourline on 0300 369 0388.
Please be advised there will be no midwives present at Bournemouth Birth Centre after Friday 27 March so please do not attend the site. Women who have appointments planned will be contacted to make alternative arrangements.
We would like to reassure our women that the team of community midwives are working as normal across the Bournemouth and Christchurch area and will be contactable via their mobile numbers in the usual way or at the Community Midwives Office on 01202 704434 (8am until 5pm).
We would like to thank you for your understanding and continued support during these challenging times.