A new community midwifery base will soon be opening at Queen's Park Sports Centre.
This will replicate the community midwifery’s new base already functioning at the Healthy Living Centre
The Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Chesterfield Borough Council have joined forces to bring midwifery back into the community.
The hospital has opened up a community midwifery base at the Council's Staveley Healthy Living Centre to give mums-to-be a wider and more flexible access to pregnancy services along with the benefits of being in a health centre.
The base consists of two consulting rooms, a reception and waiting area accessed by appointment or during a number of drop-in sessions.
The base is open from 8am - 4pm, Monday to Friday, with evening clinics once a week and a weekend service from 10am - 2pm. When the community base is closed, telephone advice will be available from midwives at Chesterfield Birth Centre.
The service operates in the same way as a GP practice, patients can self-refer to the clinic or be referred by their GP and a named midwife will still be assigned. Patients have all the hospital and clinical benefits coupled with the added benefits that a health centre provides.
Cllr David Stone, Lead Member for Safe, Healthy and Active Communities, has welcomed the service to the building.
On opening he said: "It's a fantastic partnership and we're delighted to have them here and be part of something different. We will be hosting aquanatal classes and there will be lots of advice on healthy eating and how to exercise safely during pregnancy.
The midwives will be holding sessions on infant feeding, baby massage and postnatal support and we will be bringing in information and stalls from PCT services such as the Stop Smoking Cessation. It's an exciting venture for both of us and long may it continue."
The centre liaises closely with GPs, who are kept up to date on their patient's progress, with the base linked into the Royal's Patient Administration System as well as the pathology and maternity systems.