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 savecorbarbirthcentre@yahoo.co.uk.

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