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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Furness maternity user group to be set up

A COMMITTEE for users, providers and commissioners of maternity services in Furness is being set up.

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is establishing Maternity Matters in Furness, a group including parents, members of the public and healthcare professionals that will work together in the planning and provision of maternity care in the area.

The group will able to advise on developments in local maternity services, monitor progress on new initiatives and raise awareness of what services are available to new parents.

To coincide with Mother’s Day, NHS Cumbria CCG is hosting an open forum on Friday March 28 at the Banqueting Room in Barrow Town Hall from 1.30pm until 3.00pm so residents can find out more about MMF and how they can get involved.

The event will have displays and information available on all aspects of maternity services.

Various healthcare professionals will be on hand at the event to answer questions and to explain the ambition for MMF.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, GP lead for Furness, said: “Maternity Matters in Furness are recruiting now, so this is a call to action for people who are passionate about maternity services.

“This forum will enable people to come together to design and influence services that will meet the needs of local women, parents and their families.

“We are keen to find out from people who have actually used maternity services in Furness what they think is good, what needs improving and what services should be offered in the future.”

Sascha Wells, deputy director of midwifery, said: “It is really important that we listen to the voices of the women and families that use our services and work with them to make the improvements and changes that they suggest and would like to see developed.”

Once MMF is established, it is planned that the meetings will be held about four to six times throughout the year for two hours on a Friday afternoon at a venue that can provide supervised crèche facilities so mums and dads attending the meeting are able to bring their children.

Members of the MMF attending the meetings would be reimbursed for public transport costs and childcare expenses.

To find out more information about joining Maternity Matters in Furness, call 01229 404680.

Have your say

A great idea but why 1:30-3pm on a weekday? What about those who work who want to get involved and ask questions? Surely this would have been better after working hours or on a saturday?

Posted by 1st Bump on 21 March 2014 at 12:44

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