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Statement on Honiton and Okehampton Birth Centres


An RD&E spokesman said:

"Patient safety is our top priority and due to a combination of staff vacancies and unforeseen sickness absence, maternity services at Honiton and Okehampton were suspended on Thursday 20 July and will remain suspended initially for three months until we have safe staffing levels. 

"This means that women will not be able to give birth at either site for the next three months. However, all antenatal and postnatal clinics, midwifery support and home birth services are unaffected and running as normal.


“For anyone requiring inpatient maternity care, we will make immediate arrangements for them to attend our main maternity unit in Exeter or Tiverton Birth Centre, so that mother and baby continue to receive the highest standard of care.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience this temporary shortage of inpatient maternity services at Honiton and Okehampton may cause and we are working to resolve it as soon as possible.

“This decision is one taken for purely operational reasons and has no connection with proposals outlined in the Devon-wide Acute Services Review.


“Honiton and Okehampton Birth Centres are open for clinics and midwife care and support 8am-8pm, seven days a week. Outside of these hours women should call the RD&E main maternity triage service on 01392 406616.”


Added 24 July 2017

Call 111 when its less than urgent