John wants to bring patients requiring maternity services back to Weston, not move them away

John has appeared on ITV news to discuss the low number of births at Weston Hospital.

170 babies were born there last year but the NHS says the unit should see around 500 births a year to allow midwives to maintain their clinical expertise.

Dr Mary Backhouse, Chair of North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has called the unit “unsustainable”.

During an interview, John told ITV that more should be done to reverse the flow of patients and bring more expectant mothers back to Weston-super-Mare. A video of the interview can be found below:

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  1. It would be interesting to know how many women from the Weston area were sent routinely to Bristol to have their babies. They too should be counted, surely?

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  2. The main problem here is that all pregnant mothers are automatically pointed to Bristol. Usually only those who ask for Weston specifically are sent there. When I lived in Penzance they were pointed towards Truro and eventually they shut the Penzance facility. The same thing happens with consultant clinics. If you are sent an appointment to the main hub people tend to obey and then it is announced that ‘most people prefer to go to ‘wherever’ and so that clinic is removed from the local hospital. We need to be vigilant. Announce it to the whole area that there are maternity facilities at Weston, not everyone is aware.

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