Four events are taking place to give residents a chance to learn more about plans for future arrangements of maternity care in the borough.
NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing there should be no deliveries at North Tyneside General Hospital with women receiving antenatal and postnatal care in local settings.
Once the new Emergency Care Hospital opens in Cramlington in 2015, women would be able to choose to give birth there or at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
As part of the 14-week public consultation, the CCG is holding four public events:-
• Thursday, January 23; 1pm at the Linskill Centre, North Shields;
• Thursday, January 30; 1pm at Howdon Community Centre, Denbigh Avenue;
• Thursday, February 6; 6.30pm at the Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road;
• Wednesday, February 12; 6.30pm at the John Willie Sams Centre, Dudley.
Dr Ruth Evans, clinical director of NHS North Tyneside CCG, said: “With the opening of the new hospital in Cramlington in 2015, we felt we should take the opportunity now to see if any changes should be made to make sure that women receive the best possible services throughout their pregnancy and following the birth of their baby.
“More than 90 per cent of local women now deliver their babies outside North Tyneside.”
For more about the public consultation visit www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk