Grantham Hospital will lose its maternity/midwifery unit, health bosses confirmed today.
The move was confirmed by South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group at a public meeting today at South Kesteven District Council’s offices in St Peter’s Hill.
The decision was made in spite of a SOS Grantham Hospital petition signed by 7,696 people opposing the closure of the unit and calling for health bosses to improve the service on offer rather than remove it.
However, South West Lincolnshire CCG’s chief officer Allan Kitt said that while the body “acknowledged and recognised” the strength of feeling the petition represents it could not be considered as part of the consultation as it “didn’t allow direct comparison and respondents didn’t have access to the consultation document”.
It is not yet clear when Grantham Hospital’s midwifery unit will close and be transferred to another hospital.
Mr Kitt said the unit will not be immediately closing.
He added: “We will not decommission the unit until we have a high quality offering for our women.
“When we have a high-quality offering at another site we will manage a smooth transition.”
Mr Kitt was keen to point out the decision to close Grantham’s midwifery unit will not adversely affect postnatal and antenatal services at Grantham Hospital so expectant mothers can continue to have appointments and scans at Grantham Hospital.
Mr Kitt said the group is working on improving both antenatal and postnatal care at Grantham Hospital.
Mr Kitt added: “There is a commitment to all postnatal and antenatal care at Grantham.”