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Transcript of MOOTERNITY
Morag will never have to travel to give birth, because it's illegal to transport pregnant livestock or newborn calves.
This is Susan.
Susan's not so lucky. She had to travel 120 miles to give birth to baby Lucy.
Just because she lives in Caithness.
This is Caithness General, an acute hospital in Wick, 102 miles north of Inverness.
Our hospital had...
150 births per year
24/7 maternity care
elective & emergency
That is all about to
In 2015, a newborn baby tragically died of sepsis. Her death may have been prevented had she been treated sooner. Without paediatric care and SCBU, Caithness cannot care for sick babies. Change is clearly needed.
IS NOT THE
On 1 April 2017, NHS Highland will implement a Community Maternity Unit at Caithness General.
There was no public consultation.
Our consultants will be moved to Raigmore in Inverness.
The nearest obstetrician or gynaecologist will now be 100 miles away.
We will have no surgical cover for c-sections.
Our maternity unit will close overnight, running only 8am – 8pm.
Average transfer times are in excess of 2.5 hours.
THIS IS NOT SAFER.
Last year, 83% of our Mums had to travel 100 miles to give birth.
On roads like this....
Often in labour.
She'd be having none of that.
But Eilidh did.
We are battling for a safer solution.
We want investment in local services. Not centralisation and cuts.
More than 5,000 people have signed our petition. But still NHS Highland will not listen.
We ask only this: that alternative clinical models be considered under an independent review.
WILL YOU HELP US?
BY CAITHNESS HEALTH ACTION TEAM