Views sought on East Sussex maternity services options

Crowborough Birthing Centre
Image caption Four of the six options include a midwife-led unit at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital

Proposals for changes to maternity and paediatric services in East Sussex have been put out to public consultation.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CGCs), led by local GPs, have set out six options for services at NHS sites in Eastbourne, Hastings and Crowborough.

Four of them include a midwife-led unit at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital.

Last May, temporary changes were made to services at the Eastbourne District General Hospital and Hastings' Conquest Hospital on the grounds of safety.

Services at Crowborough were not changed.

All six of the Better Beginnings options include the provision of obstetric-led maternity services, two midwife-led birthing units and an overnight "in-patient" paediatric ward.

There would continue to be a short-stay paediatric assessment unit at both Eastbourne and Hastings.

Under each of the options, emergency gynaecology services would be located at the same site as obstetrics.

The 12-week public consultation, led by the three East Sussex CCGs for Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, Hastings and Rother, and High Weald Lewes Havens, closes on 8 April.

A final decision will be taken in the summer.

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