Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

BYE-BYE BABY! Mumsa[euro][TM] Anger as State Closes Nambour Unit; Nambour General Hospitala[euro][TM]s Maternity Unit to Close Once Kawana Facilities Are Up and Running

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

BYE-BYE BABY! Mumsa[euro][TM] Anger as State Closes Nambour Unit; Nambour General Hospitala[euro][TM]s Maternity Unit to Close Once Kawana Facilities Are Up and Running

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Byline: Nicole Fuge

AFTER 83 years and thousands of labour pains, the maternity ward at Nambour General Hospital is bracing for its final contraction.

The State Government has confirmed the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) will be the only public birthing suite when it opens its doors in three years.

The facility will be world class but local mums are worried about the centralisation of services.

A Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service spokesman said the maternity ward at Nambour hospital would transfer to SCUH, when that hospital opened in late 2016.

aThe services at SCUH will be at a higher level, which will enable care for women with higher-risk pregnancies and deliveries,a he said.

aThe SCUH maternity service will provide antenatal, birthing and postnatal care.

aNambour hospital will continue to provide antenatal and outpatient maternity services, and will be a base for the extended midwifery service providing care in peopleas homes.a

The spokesman said the pediatric ward at Nambour hospital also would transfer to SCUH, to be co-located with the maternity and neonatal services.

aNambour hospital will retain a short-stay pediatric ward to support the emergency department,a he said.

Friends of Birth Centre president Belinda Costello fears pulling the maternity services from Nambour will reduce womenas choices on the Coast.

aI donat think centralised services are the way to go with maternity care,a she said. aIt would be best to keep as many services in the district as possible.a

Mrs Costello said women wanted to give birth close to home, especially those in the hinterland region who had already suffered from services being taken away from Maleny hospital.

aSome women are going to be an hour away from their families,a she said.

aBabies will be born on the side of the road. …

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