Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD), Chris Crawford will retire at the end of the year.
Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD), Chris Crawford will retire at the end of the year. Marc Stapelberg

Mur’bah baby ward to re-open in October

MURWILLUMBAH'S birthing service will re-open for low risk mothers by October.

The Northern NSW Local Health Distrcit (NNSWLHD) Chief Executive Chris Crawford said on Thursday the board had endorsed the recommendations of the Steering Committee overseeing the review of the hospital.

They included:

- Birthing of low-risk mothers who are participating in the Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) Service be approved to deliver at the hospital once a neonatal resuscitation escalation plan has been developed and the midwives have completed their advanced training and a schedule for their ongoing skill maintenance had been arranged.

- Women be allowed to self-refer to the MGP Service; and

- The health district develops a plan to more actively promote the MGP Service.

"The health district will now promptly arrange the implementation of these recommendations," Mr Crawford said.

It is anticipated that the birthing component of the MGP low risk birthing service will resume occurring at (Murwillumbah Hospital) in October 2015.

Other recommendations contained in the Risk Assessment Report are still being considered and further announcements will be made after further analysis of the Report is undertaken.



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