Mothers in Northumberland are being urged to give their views to help shape maternity services.
NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for the planning and buying of local health services, is asking women living in the county area to give their views to help shape how local maternity services will work in the future.
With the opening of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington next June, the maternity services currently provided at Wansbeck General Hospital will move there.
In addition to the medical-led services there will also be a midwifery-led unit at the new hospital.
Now NHS Northumberland CCG is starting a programme of public engagements to find out what is important to local women for their antenatal and postnatal care.
Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer of NHS Northumberland CCG, said: “When the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital opens in June 2015, both low and high risk women living in Northumberland will be able to have their babies there as there will be a medical-led unit and a midwifery-led unit on the same site.
“We want to know what is important to them so we can ensure we are commissioning the most appropriate services.”
People can take part in the survey at www.northumberlandccg.nhs.uk or by calling (0191) 217 2670 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org