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Royal College review commissioned by North Cumbria Hospitals Trust

[N]orth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has commissioned the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) to undertake a review.

During the meeting of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body which took place in Workington today, it was agreed that a more detailed review of anaesthetic arrangements for maternity provision at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven is required as soon as possible.

The review, which is planned to take place in April 2017 with the subsequent report expected in May, will provide independent clinical advice on any safety issues that need to be considered and inform how future proposals for maternity services can be implemented.

Dr Rod Harpin, medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The Trust has commissioned the Royal College review as recommended during today’s CCG Governing Body meeting in order to provide expert clinical advice from an independent body regarding our anaesthetic arrangements, which as many people will be aware, is an essential service in providing consultant-led maternity services.

“Up until this point we have focussed heavily on our paediatrics service and we now feel we need to look more closely at anaesthetics to ensure we have all of the information we need to help develop the most sustainable maternity service as we move forward

“This review will also feed into the independent steering group announced as part of the maternity recommendation and we expect will involve members of our staff, community and other clinicians.”

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