University Hospital North Staffordshire plans for increased births
A Staffordshire hospital is preparing to expand services to cope with an expected increase in the number of births at its maternity unit.
University Hospital North Staffordshire (UHNS) said it was expecting to deal with 800 to 1,000 extra babies a year.
It follows proposals to close maternity services at nearby Stafford Hospital.
The plans for Stafford Hospital are currently under consultation and a date has yet to be set for any closure.
They are part of a wider shake-up of services at the hospital.
UHNS said its maternity centre, which opened in 2009, was built with additional capacity in mind.
About 5,800 babies are born at UHNS every year and the hospital trust said the unit would be able to cope with the predicted increase, although it was looking at staffing arrangements.