Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging mums, mums-to-be, dads and families in the Welshpool and Newtown area to have their say on local maternity services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.
Public discussion groups have been organised at the Loft Conference Centre in Welshpool on Wednesday 11 September at 6pm, and the Elephant and Castle Hotel in Newtown on Monday 9 September at 1pm, for mums, mums-to-be, dads and families to have their say on what is good and not so good about maternity services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.
Both Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin CCGs are carrying out the review on local maternity services to understand how services during and after pregnancy can be made even better.
Although most mums-to-be in Powys will see a Powys midwife, some may choose to use midwife services in Shropshire or for medical reasons may need to use the consultant services in Shropshire. Any mums-to-be or mums from Powys who are using or have used maternity services in Shropshire, since 1 April 2012, are encouraged to take part in this review. It is hoped that parents from Welshpool, Newtown and the wider Powys area will come along to the event and have their say on what was good or not so good about maternity services in Shropshire.
Bharti Patel-Smith, Shropshire CCG’s Director of Governance and a former nurse and midwife for 17 years, said:
"Having a child is a life changing event, and many parents don’t have time to share their feedback with us at the time. This is your opportunity to tell us what was good or not so good and how we can improve local maternity services.
Our ultimate aim is to ensure a high quality experience during and after pregnancy. There are many different ways of monitoring this, but there is absolutely no substitute for hearing about personal experiences.
We are encouraging parents in Welshpool, Newtown and the surrounding areas, who have used Shropshire maternity services, to come along to our discussion groups and let us know their comments. Please tell your friends and encourage them to come along or take part in the review. You can also like our facebook page and help spread the word to your friends.
We want as many parents and future parents as possible to take part in the review. If you can’t come along to the Welshpool or Newtown event, we have set up events across Shropshire on different times and dates. You can also take part in our online survey and have your say through that route."
The review is being backed by a dedicated Facebook page, an online survey, Twitter account and a number of public group discussions.
Both Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin are observing the review to ensure that it is transparent and thorough.
The Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire Maternity Services online survey runs until 12 September. To have your say visit www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk or www.telfordccg.nhs.uk or search for NHS Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Maternity Services Review on Facebook.
Together Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire CCGs represent 66 GP practices. They buy health services, including maternity services, for a population of 474,000 people.
The maternity review public discussion groups are:
- 4 September, 10am-12pm, Ludlow Mascall Centre, Ludlow
- 5 September, 6pm-8pm, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre
- 6 September, 1pm-3pm, Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Wellington
- 7 September, 10am-12pm, Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
- 09 September, 1pm-3pm, Elephant and Castle Hotel, Newtown
- 10 September, 1.30pm- 3.30pm, Cosy Hall, Newport
- 10 September, 6pm-8pm, The Qube, Oswestry
- 11 September, 6pm-8pm, the Loft Conference Centre, Welshpool
- 12 September, 10am–12pm, Turreff Hall, Donnington, Telford
Twitter: @maternityreview https://twitter.com/maternityreview