Ludlow Maternity Unit reopens

Speaking to BBC Radio Shropshire this morning, Jill Banks, Women and Children’s Care Group director for Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, announced the maternity unit was fully reopened from today. She said that the health trust can’t continue to use the workhouse because of its poor condition. The new space in the main building, Stretton Ward, is “absolutely beautiful”.

Asked how long it would be in use, she said: “At the moment, over the next year, it will be a fix for now. But as we all know, the NHS is changing year on year. So, I hope that today and for months to come, we will continue to provide services in Ludlow.”

Listen: Jo Banks speaks to BBC Radio Shropshire on reopening of Ludlow Maternity Unit

Maternity march 9 December

Having achieved the initial goal of getting the maternity unit reinstated, Save Ludlow Maternity Unit is organising a march celebrate the work of the unit. Participants will gather in Castle Gardens, starting at 12 noon marching to Ludlow Community Hospital via King Street, Tower Street and Upper Galdeford. Brief road closures will be in place.

We urgently need stewards to ensure safety and to manage the rolling road block. If you can help, please contact me. Don’t be shy. This will be your chance to help Ludlow speak out for the maternity unit – and to wear a high viz vest!

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