Save our Maternity

Maternity services at our local hospital are under threat. Lib Dem Prospective MP Jackie Porter is campaigning to protect our local NHS.

Over 2000 people have signed Jackie’s petition to save maternity services under threat due to a review of hospital services. 

The review is proposing downgrading maternity provision at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester by removing consultant cover. A new hospital would be built outside Winchester, in Basingstoke and Deane.

Jackie said: “I am deeply concerned by these proposals to downgrade maternity services.

"I understand how important a maternity unit with consultant care is. When I was giving birth to my son, I experienced complications and needed a blood transfusion. Having doctors on hand saved my son’s life and mine.

“Please join my campaign to save our vital local maternity services.”

Tory MP’s broken maternity promise

Before being elected Tory MP Steve Brine said that consultant-led maternity services would be his ‘red line’ and that “without them you don’t have a District General Hospital worthy of the name.”

Now Brine is welcoming changes that will mean there is no hospital with these services in Winchester - exactly what he said he would campaign against.


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  • signed 2014-08-06 10:51:57 +0100
    You never know when a consultant is needed – why take the risk?
  • signed 2014-08-06 09:31:33 +0100
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-08-06 08:28:28 +0100
    I'm backing Jackie Porter's campaign to save our local maternity services.
  • signed 2014-08-06 08:27:24 +0100
    So important to have consultants on hand. I gave birth at Winchester and was close to needing a c – section. There needs to be a full team available, for the safety, reassurance and support for mums and babies.
  • signed 2014-08-06 08:18:17 +0100
    I gave birth at Winchester to my first baby recently, and I have to say my experience was nothing short of incredible. The staff were outstanding, I felt safe and not once was I scared about being in labour. Myself and my little boy were looked after amazingly well and I would definitely go back to Winchester if I were to have another child. It would be awful to have any changes made to the maternity unit, especially when so much more can be done across the board to help mothers, fathers and babies in hospital
  • signed 2014-08-06 08:02:52 +0100
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  • signed 2014-08-05 23:58:21 +0100
    The welfare of maternity needs more attention not cuts!
  • signed 2014-08-05 23:46:17 +0100
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  • signed via 2014-08-05 00:22:45 +0100
    All 3 of my children were born in Florence Portal. I wouldn’t have been happy knowing my nearest major maternity unit was in Basingstoke or Southampton, babies sometimes don’t give a lot of warning of their arrival and may need urgent care in a maternity unit with full Consultant cover. Please don’t take this service away from Winchester and put mums and babies at risk.
  • signed via 2014-08-04 19:29:10 +0100
  • signed via 2014-08-04 16:43:45 +0100
    I have had a complicated obstetric history and have needed emergency care on various occasions. Maternity services need to be local and doctors need to be on site, not an ambulance ride away.
  • signed via 2014-08-03 21:58:48 +0100
    As a medical consultant at Southampton, before my retirement, I worked closely with the Winchester obstetric and paediatric units. They both maintained high standards of practice and teamwork, which I felt depended to a large extent on staff feeling part of the community they served. This is likely to be lost in a larger unit serving a bigger population.
  • signed via 2014-08-03 19:24:21 +0100
    My son & step-daughter were born in the maternity unit, RHCH, 17& 18 years ago, with no complications. It would be crazy to downgrade the unit, new mums & babies need all the support they can get.
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  • signed via 2014-08-03 07:55:06 +0100
    The Winchester area desperately needs to keep the current maternity services. The area had a high proportion of older mother’s, compared and multiple births. I had all 3 at Winchester and they would not have gone as well if I’d have had to travel further. Other hospitals locally cannot cope with any extra births.
  • signed 2014-08-03 07:49:13 +0100