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LEAVING DEWSBURY?: Mums who need specialist care may not be able to give birth at Dewsbury hospital in future.
LEAVING DEWSBURY?: Mums who need specialist care may not be able to give birth at Dewsbury hospital in future.

MATERNITY and children’s services at Dewsbury and District Hospital could be slashed under the latest shake-up plans.

Children who need hospital care for more than 24 hours could be sent to Wakefield in future as part of the service reshuffle.

And mums-to-be who need specialist doctors to help deliver their babies would no longer be able to give birth at Dewsbury.

Children’s inpatient and maternity services at the hospital are among nine services the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust is considering changing.

Yesterday, it went public with five options for the future of its hospitals in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract.

It could mean Dewsbury loses its children’s inpatient service and consultant-led maternity unit.

Instead, the hospital could have a dedicated assessment service and observation unit for children needing to stay for up to 24 hours. Those needing a longer stay would be transferred to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

If maternity services were changed, Dewsbury would no longer offer consultant-led care but it would have a midwife-led unit.

But not all the potential changes would see services moved from the hospital.

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