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Reminder: Temporary suspension of birth service at Helme Chase Maternity Unit

8 March 2024

  • Hospital services
  • Westmorland General Hospital

We'd like to remind families that the temporary suspension of birth services at Helme Chase maternity unit starts from 5pm today (8 March 2024) for approximately 4 weeks. This is due to some planned essential maintenance works in the Theatres at Westmorland General Hospital.

During these works, there will a different route to enter and leave Helme Chase where antenatal, ultrasound and colposcopy appointments will continue to be held. Community midwife appointments and the home birth service are unaffected. 


During these works there will a different route to enter and leave Helme Chase Maternity Unit where antenatal, ultrasound,  colposcopy appointments will continue to be held.  

Entrance to the hospital will remain the same - please make your way to the lifts on level 2 and use the lift to go to Level 4. Exit the lift on level 4, turn right and follow the signs for maternity to the entrance of the Macular Unit. At the entrance to the Macular unit, a member of staff will direct you round the Macular Unit corridor. Near the end of the corridor you will see signage for the maternity unit where you will turn right towards a stairway. You will need to go down 1 flight of stairs to the entrance of the maternity unit where there is a door bell which rings reception. Reception staff will then allow you access to the unit. Exiting the unit will using be the same route.

If you have any mobility difficulties or have problems with stairs we can arrange an alternative route through day care ward. Please do not hesitate to contact Helme Chase Maternity Unit directly if you have any concerns - we are happy to help. 

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