Changes have been made to south Manchester maternity services in order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
From today (September 14), community midwifery services at Withington Community Hospital have been relocated to the Borchardt Medical Centre, which is also in Withington.
Meanwhile, consultant and midwifery-led antenatal clinics will relocate to Trafford General Hospital.
Women needing blood tests for gestational diabetes will be able to access services via Wythenshawe Hospital.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said the changes would maintain a local antenatal service for women while also being part of safety measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Saint Mary’s Hospital manages maternity services across a number of different sites throughout Manchester and Trafford,” Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement issued to the M.E.N.
“As of 14th September 2020, Community Midwifery services that were previously based out of Withington Community Hospital will relocate to the nearby Borchardt Medical Centre in Withington, to maintain a local antenatal service for women.
Consultant and midwifery-led antenatal clinics will relocate to Trafford General Hospital and women who need blood tests for gestational diabetes will be able to access these from Wythenshawe Hospital.
“These decisions have been made to ensure we are able to return to our normal services in a way that minimises the risk of transmission of COVID-19, in order to protect the safety of our service users and our staff.
“For more details about these changes to antenatal services, our service users are encouraged to contact their Community Midwife.
“Thank you for your co-operation and support.”
It has not been made immediately clear if the changes are to be made permanent or are just a temporary response.