A board of health is closing maternity wards at two of its hospitals until October due to a lack of staff. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board announced on Monday that it will be closing its maternity-led birthing units at both Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny from May 9 to October, as its midwives are under “significant pressure” due to shortages.
In a post on its maternity services page on Facebook, the health board said it had made the decision “in the best interests of our mums and new babies” and reminded patients that it was offering still home birth services with a midwife. in the managed birthing unit, in the parallel birthing unit and in an obstetrics unit.
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He said the number of births at Nevill Hall Hospital (20) and Royal Gwent (24) over the past 12 months was low, but acknowledged that ‘some women’s choice of birthplace will be affected’ . The birthing unit at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr will remain full between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., but will revert to a midwife who will only attend deliveries outside opening hours. Home birth options and the midwife-led birthing area at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan remain available.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, but believe this decision is the right one to keep women safe and to support our midwives who are under significant pressure due to the current staffing shortages,” the statement read.