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MOOTERNITY

Help us fight downgrading of maternity services at Caithness General Hospital. facebook.com/caithnesshealth
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Nicola Sinclair

on 21 March 2017

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Transcript of MOOTERNITY

This is Morag.
Morag will never have to travel to give birth, because it's illegal to transport pregnant livestock or newborn calves.
LUCKY COW.
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
obstetricians
elective & emergency
caesarean sections
gynaecology services

That is all about to
CHANGE.
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.
DOWNGRADING
IS NOT THE
ANSWER.
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.
REMEMBER MORAG?
She'd be having none of that.
But Eilidh did.
Deborah did.
Liz 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?
mooternity
BY CAITHNESS HEALTH ACTION TEAM
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