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Building starts on your new Maternity Unit at Furness General Hospital (FGH)

Posted: Sep 26, 2016


We are delighted to announce that building work on your new Maternity Unit at Furness General Hospital (FGH) began on Friday 23 September.
The new state-of-the art maternity unit, which will include 14 en-suite birthing rooms, two dedicated theatres, a Special Care Baby Unit, Maternity Assessment, and a Bereavement Suite, is due to be completed by December 2017.  The final opening date is to be confirmed, but is likely to be in early 2018.
The unit will be built adjacent to the current Antenatal and Gynaecology Clinic at the hospital and will be split over two floors.
Sascha Wells, Director for Midwifery, UHMBT “We are delighted that work on our brand new Maternity Unit at FGH has begun. Today is not just about laying the physical foundations of our new maternity unit; it’s about laying the foundations for the future. It’s about the Trust and the local community moving forward together”.
“Right from the start, we involved local women and their families’ so we could be absolutely certain that the new unit met their needs and wishes, alongside that of our front-line staff to ensure the highest possible standards in maternity care are met.
“This has resulted in a unit that we truly believe will transform Maternity Services across Morecambe Bay and help us to provide the very best services and care for the women and families it serves”.
The benefits of the new unit for local families will include:

  • Improved access to dedicated operating theatres for women in labour
  • Improved ability for staff to observe and respond to all women in labour
  • All bedrooms will have en-suite toilet and shower
  • Improved facilities for the Women and Children’s Unit as a whole

Lesley Bennett, a local mum from Barrow said: “I was involved in the design of the new Maternity Unit along with other women and families.
“The Trust asked us right from the start what we wanted to see in the new maternity unit and all the things that are really important to us as families. They really listened to us and took all our comments on board. What they came back with was more than we could have ever hoped for.
“Through the engagement events the Trust ran, the feedback from the families, as well as the wider community has been incredible. It’s like they’ve given ownership back to the people. It is our maternity unit after all.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be here today as work starts and very excited about what this means for the women of Furness area and their families”.
Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT said “Prior to, and following the publication of the Morecambe Bay Investigation report last year, there has already been a considerable amount of work by our Trust to improve and strengthen Maternity Services, in partnership with Barrow mums and dads.
“We are fully committed to meeting the recommendations of the Morecambe Bay Investigation. The recommendation within the report for us to improve the physical environment of the Labour Ward at FGH has helped us to speed up the delivery of our plans and get to where we are today”.
Dr David Walker, Medical Director UHMBT, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I’d like to thank all the people of Barrow who gave their feedback and made suggestions at one of the public engagement events we ran whilst we were putting our plans together for the new unit”.
Maternity Services at Furness General Hospital will continue to be delivered out of the current unit until the new unit is built and handed over to the Trust in December 2017.
To ensure the safety of patients, staff and contractors, there will be diversions of some footpaths and roads within the hospital grounds whilst construction work is on-going. However, access to all parts of the hospital will be maintained at all times.
Regular updates on the new unit’s progress will be shared in a variety of different ways, for example: a weekly photograph will be shared on the Trust’s social media pages and and via a dedicated web page on the Trust’s website at




At Morecambe Bay Hospitals we will provide, compassionate, high quality, evidence-based and safe maternity services that meet the needs and wishes of all women and their families.

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Maternity Services at Furness General Hospital
01229 491 035

Maternity Services at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
01524 583 850

Helme Chase, our midwife-led Maternity Services
at Westmorland General Hospital

01539 795375