The Cotswold Maternity Unit, based at the new War Memorial Hospital on London Road, has reopened today, following a nearly seven month long closure.
As Chippy News reported last month, the Oxford University Hospitals Trust has said that the unit needs “a lot more births every year” to be viable – OUHT director Andrew Stevens has calculated that 150 to 200 births are needed there each year to justify its costs and facilities.
Local campaigners have been angry about how OUHT has handled the suspension of births at the unit, and its review into cultural, staffing and management issues there. They say that rebuilding trust will take a long time, and that the unit needs to attract mothers from a far wider area than Chipping Norton in order to get the numbers needed.
OUHT says it will not guarantee the longer term future of the maternity unit, and will review the situation in a year.
For now, the unit is open – but the hospital trust seems to be saying, “use it or lose it”.