Chorley Birth Centre CLOSURE
The Birth Centre at Chorley temporarily closed from 25 February 2019.
We are in the process of contacting all women who planned to have their baby at the Birth Centre, to discuss their options.
We are very sorry that this closure has affected women’s birth plans, and will do everything we can to make the best possible alternative arrangements.
If you are pregnant, and had planned to have your baby at Chorley Birth Centre, and we haven’t been in touch with you yet, please ring 01772 528223.
The reason we have temporarily closed the Birth Centre is that we identified asbestos when we were undertaking some building work.
The presence of asbestos does not pose any risk to patients, visitors or staff whilst it is contained and appropriately managed. Daily air quality checks confirm there are no asbestos fibres in the atmosphere. The area has also been sealed by a specialist asbestos contractor.
However the fire service has advised that the lift should not be used, and we are unable to maintain the fire alarm system on the third floor.
On a balance of risk we have decided that we can no longer use the third floor, which is where the Birth Centre is currently situated.
We are now working on a plan to create a new Birth Centre at Chorley, but unfortunately that won’t be open for some time which is why we need to work with pregnant women to make alternative plans.
There are birth centres at both Chorley & District Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital.
Expert midwifery care is provided in calm and relaxed surroundings that have been specifically designed and equipped to support the normal physiological birth process - an ideal birthing environment for women who experience a problem-free pregnancy.
Chorley Birth Centre offers three, recently updated, en-suite birthing rooms, two of which have birthing pools. A sitting room and family room provide additional facilities for new mothers and their birth partners.
Preston Birth Centre is situated on the first floor of the Sharoe Green Unit. It comprises four spacious en-suite birthing rooms, each with it's own birthing pool. There are also two family rooms.
New mothers and their partners are able to stay for up to 24 hours after the birth in both birth centres.
You should be aware that there are no doctors based in the birth centres and should you require, or request, medical input (including epidural analgesia) at any stage of your labour, birth or postnatal stay you would be transferred to the obstetric unit in the Sharoe Green Unit. From Chorley Birth Centre any transfer would be by ambulance and take approximately 40 minutes.
More information about the birth centres can be obtained from your midwife who will be able to give you advice and support as you make decisions about how and where you would like your baby to be born.