Eastbourne Midwifery Unit is to remain closed for births.

This first happened in December Eastbourne Midwifery Unit to stay closed until end of January – Bournefree Live – Latest news from Eastbourne, Polegate, Hailsham, Pevensey, Bexhill and Sussex.

It was supposed to only be until the end of January and staff shortages was given as the reason.

It’s now February 8 – and it’s staying closed.

This is on the DGH website: “Due to staffing challenges facing our maternity services in Eastbourne we have redeployed staff from the Eastbourne Midwifery Unit into our community midwifery team to ensure that we are able to continue to provide safe, high quality home births and maternity care within the community.

After reviewing the staffing needs across all our maternity services, we have made the decision to continue to suspend births at the Eastbourne Midwifery Unit, this will impact around three/four births a week. The unit remains open for outpatient antenatal and postnatal services.

Our maternity team are in touch with anyone who is affected by this, to discuss their options which includes giving birth at home or at Conquest Hospital, and reassuring them that they will be fully supported with safe and effective maternity care. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but this decision has been made to ensure that we can maintain safe services.

We are continuing to work hard on both short term and long term solutions to our midwifery staffing issues. While we are actively attempting to recruit more midwives into our maternity services at Eastbourne and across East Sussex, the national shortage of trained midwives continues to make this a significant challenge.

Please speak to your community midwife for further information or please call our Triage Helpline: 0300 131 5341.”