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The DUP’s East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has welcomed the return of Maternity Services to the Causeway Hospital.

Mr Campbell said,

“I welcome the return of Maternity Services to the Causeway Hospital later this month having been temporarily re-located to Antrim Area Hospital in response to the Covid-19 regional surge plan.

When Maternity Services were temporarily transferred in April, I wrote to the Northern Trust Chief Executive seeking assurances that their temporary removal would definitely only be for the duration of the COVID-19 Crisis. I was informed that as a result of changes in paediatric cover in Causeway at the time of the predicted Covid-19 surge phase, the Trust took the decision to temporarily change the maternity services offered on the Causeway Hospital site.

I am pleased with the recent announcement that the Northern Trust Maternity Team are now in a position to resume these services in Causeway Hospital from 24th August 2020 and that all staff will be redeployed back to their substantive posts on the Causeway site and the service position will cover any unscheduled attendances for pregnancy concerns, labour and birth (including caesarean sections) and postnatal stay alongside scheduled inpatient and outpatient care.

It was imperative that maternity services returned to the Causeway Hospital. Local people want to see good quality services delivered at the Causeway Hospital including maternity services and it is important that healthcare standards are maintained for the community in the north coast region.

The new Chief Executive of the Northern Trust Jennifer Welch has replied to my letter and agreed to arrange a meeting shortly to discuss the vital importance of the Causeway Hospital and the need to ensure that all the services usually associated with that site remain fully supported.”