Transforming maternity services together
The Transforming Maternity Services Together process started in 2017, more than 4500 mums, families, staff and partners in the community shared their views and ideas about how to deliver a safe and positive birth and maternity experience for families in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire, as well as prepare them to approach parenting with confidence.
You can find more information on the consultation that took place on the Transforming Maternity Services Together website.
A final set of recommendations was submitted to a joint meeting of the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups Governing Bodies on Thursday 16 January 2020. The recommendations were approved unanimously to improve and modernise maternity services across the region.
The BSW CCG Governing Bodies approved the proposal to:
- Create an Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU) at Salisbury Hospital Foundation Trust.
- Create an Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU) at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
- Continue to support births in two, not four Freestanding Midwifery Units. This would mean births ceasing in Trowbridge and Paulton with antenatal and postnatal care continuing.
- Enhance current provision of antenatal and postnatal care.
- Improve and better promote home birth services.
- Replace the five community postnatal beds in Paulton and the four community postnatal beds in Chippenham with support closer to, or in women’s homes. This will be phased with four beds remaining in Chippenham for up to 12 months to support co-creation of new pathways.
In February and March 2020 we held workshops in Poulton and Trowbridge where people were able to come along and share their thoughts on what ‘good’ would look like for future maternity services that align with the above six approved proposals.
The outcome of the these workshops will be shared once further workshops being planned for Bath, Chippenham and Frome have taken place. Dates and venues for these events will be shared widely once they are confirmed.