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SALFORD MIDWIFE UNIT MAY MOVE TO INGLESIDE BY OAKWOOD PARK
 

Star date: 8th March 2017

SALFORD BABY UNIT MAY BE SAVED

Salford City Council is proposing to convert the former residential home, Ingleside, sited next to Oakwood Park, into a Midwife-led Unit to keep maternity services in the city.

Salford Royal Hospital wants to relocate the unit to expand its stroke wards and there was talk of it shutting down completely. But the Council is proposing £380,000 finance to keep the midwives at the Hospital until the end of September and is then looking to relocate it to Ingleside – providing that it is "cost effective".

Full details here...


Ingleside Oakwood Park
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Back in 2011, the board of NHS North West voted unanimously to close Salford's maternity unit, much to the disgust of residents and even politicians (see here). In its place was a 'Free Standing Midwifery Unit', or FMU, which was to be used by women who expected no birth complications.

The last figures the Salford Star has, for 2012-13, show that only 261 babies were subsequently born in the city, out of 3,500 with Salford parents, or 7.4%.

The Midwife-led Unit was hosted by Salford Royal Foundation Trust and delivered by Central Manchester Foundation Trust but, as a Salford City Council report notes, the "cost of running the service exceeded the national tariff" – and there was talk of shutting it down completely, meaning no more babies would be born in Salford at all, unless delivered at home.

Meanwhile, Salford Royal Hospital wanted the baby space, to expand it's own 'stroke pathways' facilities. However, following a campaign supported by local politicians, it was agreed to continue the Midwife-led Unit and relocate it away from the Hospital.

Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wanted to close the Unit down until the new site was ready, leaving a six month gap in provision. Now, after much uncertainty, the Council is about to step in with £380,000 to keep the Unit open at Salford Royal until the end of September.

£180,000 of the money is to be paid to Salford Royal Foundation Trust for 'capital costs associated with the relocation of the existing provision within the Salford Royal site', while £200,000 is to be paid to the CCG to run the facility between April and 1st October.

After this period, the Council is hoping to move the Midwife-led Unit to a permanent site at Ingleside, the old residential home it owns next to Oakwood Park in Claremont. It will come complete with "complimentary services and potential community uses" states a Council report. However there is still much uncertainty about the move...

"...the ultimate success and sustainability of the project will require the facility to deliver a level of births compatible with provider tariff payments" states the Council report which will be considered by the Cabinet next week "If the selected provider cannot make the facility work on a cost effective basis over the initial lease term, the Council is at risk of having to look at other options for the future use of the building beyond that point."

A full report on the future of the Midwife-led Unit at Ingleside will be discussed by Salford Council next month.


See also previous Salford Star article - Maternity Services To Shut at Salford Royal Hospital - click here

Salford lad wrote
at 2:46:30 AM on Thursday, March 9, 2017
Another loony money wasting decision by our mad council.5100 carril
 
Speaking from.experience... wrote
at 12:53:38 AM on Thursday, March 9, 2017
With all due respect to Salford sensor, the city council sets the price that it is prepared to accept in all areas of social care, it is the city that is keeping andcdriving prices and wages low thus ensuring that the care and support is not of the quality that our cities sons and daughters deserve.
 
Speaking from.experience... wrote
at 12:52:16 AM on Thursday, March 9, 2017
With all due respect to Salford sensor, the city council sets the price that it is prepared to accept in all areas of social care, it is the city that is keeping andcdriving prices and wages low thus ensuring that the care and support is not of the quality that our cities sons and daughters deserve.
 
salford senser (not Censor) wrote
at 12:36:41 PM on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
On a more practicable basis long-term basis, would it not be better for Ingleside to remain in a similar capacity - "a residential home" to be used as community care plan centre to alleviate pressure on NHS beds? Patients who are not fit enough to go home but too fit to remain in hospital could be transferred and have adequate purposeful care plans put in place. In the greater scheme of things, perhaps social care should be brought back under the direct control of local authorities - and this option needs exploring. Cheap IS expensive. If I were to set up a private care home, I would be charging the most I could obtain from local authorities, pay minimum wages, and have minimum staffing to maximise my profits. A local authority-run & controlled home in the long term would be more financially beneficial, paying higher wages to a better-staffed and trained vocationally orientated staff....AND cost less per resident compared with Councils being held hostage to the pricing plans of private providers.
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 12:36:19 PM on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
I hope this project takes off. First we keep the midwife-unit staying within the city.and second so glad Ingleside will stay within the city. For once someone has used common sense. Never should have lost the maternity unit at Hope Hospital.
 
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