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messageWorrying changes to King's community maternity services
Posted by LucyLloyd March 06, 08:57PM


I just wanted to raise awareness of proposed changes to the Kings maternity services that could have lasting impact to the care expectant and new mothers receive. I've copied the information below about these proposed changes and where to follow up if you have any feedback/comments. Speaking personally, I am currently under the care of the Grove midwives and have nothing but praise for the care I am receiving. I see the same lovely midwife for each appointment meaning excellent continuity of care, something which should be available for all new mothers. It would be a great shame for the women of Southwark if these services are not available in the future.

'King's Maternity Services is proposing a redesign of Community Midwifery Services as part of a Trust-wide mandatory staffing review. The proposal outlines organisational changes to these services at King's and includes reducing the number of caseloading midwifery teams from four to three. This means around 200 less women will have access to the true continuity of care provided by these teams. The proposal also includes plans for expanding use of the two midwife-led rooms, which we welcome, however we are concerned whether this continuity of care model will be as comprehensive as what is currently offered by the caseloading teams. The teams are Juniper, Birchtree, Electric and Grove. Also affected will be the traditional community teams, Horizon, Sunflower, Ivy Green and Serenity. King's MVP are gathering feedback from Service Users and are really keen to hear from YOU! Please post your comment to their facebook page: []
or email The consultation period ends on 13 March, and we are working to put together our full response to the proposal and to ensure that Service User voices are heard. Thank you!'

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