Sunday, 26 June 2011

We need your support to Save Corbar Birth Centre

June 26th, 2011

We need your support urges Corbar campaign group

The campaign group opposed to the proposed closure of Corbar Birth Centre in Buxton is calling upon people in the High Peak to sign their petition.

Save Corbar Birth Centre (SCBC), which is backed by the National Childbirth Trust and High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, is urging local residents, businesses and public service providers to put their name against the closure of the High Peak’s only birth centre.

Signatures to the petition urge Mark Todd as Chairman and David Sharp as Chief Executive of NHS Derbyshire County to retain and promote the Corbar Birth Centre in Buxton as it is a vital facility for families in the High Peak especially given the challenges presented to the area through rurality, climate and road links.

Fiona Lichfield, spokesperson for SCBC, said it was imperative that people living in the High Peak demonstrate their dismay and opposition at Derbyshire PCT’s plan to close Corbar.

“If we want women in the High Peak to have the choice of delivering their babies at a local midwifery-led unit in the county, then we need to make sure our voices are heard.”

Following NHS Derbyshire County and NHS Derby City’s announcement in late May (2011) to review Corbar Birth Centre operations, a pre-engagement process was declared. SCBC’s petition will be presented to Derbyshire PRC in August, when the formal engagement period will take run until October 23rd. A final decision about Corbar’s future is due in November.

The petition is available to sign at various shops and office across the High Peak yet SCBC would like to see more individuals and organisations come forward to help collect signatures.

Fiona added: “Since our campaign began our Facebook group has grown by the hundreds, and our Action Day earlier this month saw more than 1,700 pledges yet the battle to save Corbar has only just begun.

“We now need local residents and businesses to help us spread the word and collect signatures. Ultimately our aim is to have the petition available to sign in post offices, leisure centres as well as in offices and shops across the High Peak so that everyone has the opportunity to pledge their support.”

Copies of the SCBC petition are available for individuals, businesses as well as community groups by emailing Alternatively requests for petitions can be made by telephoning Fiona Lichfield on 07795 431 627

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Notes to editors

Copies of the petition to save Corbar Birth Centre are currently available to sign at:
Little Rascals in Buxton
Hairs and Grace in Buxton
Sidebothams Jewellers in Buxton
Nought to Five in Buxton
The Wild Carrot in Buxton

Monday, 20 June 2011

High Peakers sign-up to save Corbar

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High Peakers sign-up to save Corbar

The campaign to save Corbar Birth Centre in Buxton from closure by Derbyshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) gained more than 1730 supporters on Saturday (June 18th).

More than a thousand people in the region signed the petition to maintain the service that allows expectant mothers the choice of delivering their baby at a midwife-lead unit in Derbyshire. If Corbar closes, low-risk women in labour would have no option than to deliver their babies at maternity units in hospitals in Greater Manchester or Cheshire.

Campaigners from Save Corbar Birth Centre (SCBC), which has the backing of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and more than six local councillors from the area, were in the towns and villages in the area to make people aware of the proposed cuts to maternity services in their county.

In just 6 hours, 1738 people had signed SCBC’s petition to stop Derbyshire PCT from shutting down Corbar and jeopardising the antenatal and postnatal care of mothers and newborn babies in the High Peak.

In Buxton an overwhelming 940 signatures were collected from SCBC and campaign supporters; High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, Buxton Councillor Pam Reddy, and former mayor of High Peak Borough Council, Robin Baldry.

The additional signatures were collected from New Mills (277), Whaley Bridge (247) and Glossop (274).

Fiona Lichfield, from SCBC said the response from people asked to sign the petition was very positive. “It’s apparent from our petition signing on Saturday that people living in the High Peak want to save Corbar not just for its strategic location, more importantly, to keep the centre’s midwives here. We heard countless stories of Corbar’s midwives going above the call of duty to care for women and babies from the area. It was a very heart warming experience.”

She added: “On behalf of SCBC, I’d like to thank everyone who signed-up to our campaign to keep Corbar Birth Centre alive. Saturday’s support shows that we have the backing of the High Peak.

Copies of the petition to sign are available as shops and offices across the High Peak. For more information, email

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Notes to editors:
To speak to a representative from Save Corbar, please contact Fiona Lichfield at or phone 07795431627

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


This Saturday (June 18th), Save Corbar Birth Centre campaign group is planning a day of action across the High Peak.

Save Corbar Birth Centre, the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) lead group, supported by more than 1350 people, and backed by High Peak MP, Andrew Bingham, will this weekend, launch its petition to stop Corbar Birth Centre in Buxton from closing.

In a bid to cut costs, Derbyshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has proposed to close Buxton’s Birth Centre, despite concerns from local residents about transport routes and times to the region’s alternative birthing units at Macclesfield General Hospital (MGH) and Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital (SHH). The closure of Corbar would mean women in labour face a minimum car journey time of 25 minutes to SSH or a 30 minute race across ones of England’s most dangerous roads, the A537, to MGH

In addition to limiting patient choice, Save Corbar Birth Centre is also worried that if Corbar ceased, the quality of antenatal and postnatal care for mothers and new-born babies would be reduced as alternative maternity services struggle to cope with the complexities of High Peak’s rural demographics and landscape.

Local residents, community groups and businesses are being urged to pledge their support to stop Derbyshire PCT from shutting the High Peak’s well respected and popular birthing unit. Closure of Corbar could also mean the loss of jobs for Midwives Assistants from the centre.

This Saturday, concerned mothers and members of Save Corbar Birth Centre group will be asking people to sign its petition at:
Buxton - Spring Gardens – 9.30am -3.30pm
Glossop -
Norfolk Square
New Mills – Town Centre –
Whaley Bridge – Outside the Mechanics Institute –
A separate morning is being organised at a later date for Chapel En Le Frith.

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Notes to editors:
To speak to a representative from Save Corbar, please contact Fiona Lichfield at

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Excellent home swap animation film

You’ve got to hand it to Home Base Holidays for their latest promotional offering to introduce the concept of exchanging properties for holidays. This is great. My final word on the subject is watch this