Lumsden Maternity Centre to reopen
Lumsden Maternity Centre will reopen today after trustees, the Southern District Health Board and midwives negotiated a short-term solution.
The trust approached several midwives to fill a rotating roster that provides 24-hour cover.
Independent midwives will trial a rotating roster over the next week.
The centre closed last week after staff refused to work there amid concerns for patient safety because there was no local midwife.
The Southland Times understands there was a mutual agreement from all parties to reopen the centre as quickly as possible.
The trust said the solution would be sustainable for at least the next month and give it an opportunity to negotiate a long-term sustainable outcome.
Trustee John Douglas said the trust was delighted to announce the centre would be able to reopen.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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