New maternity unit needed before home birth service can be restored, King’s Lynn hospital chiefs say

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn ENGANL00120140502173025
GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn ENGANL00120140502173025
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A new, midwife-led maternity unit has to be developed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital before a home birth service can be restored, officials say.

The service has been suspended since September 2013, though health commissioners have been looking at employing private firms in the interim.

Trust chairman Edward Libbey said the hospital was working on developing a midwife-led maternity unit, which the hospital has not had for around 20 years and would deal with around half the births the hospital caters for each year, compared to around 60 home births. However, the unit could still be two years away.

He said: “We have to do both, but we need to do this first.”