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Baby and children's services axed from Wycombe Hospital today
DOCTOR-LED births and care for seriously ill children are among the services finally axed from Wycombe Hospital today.
Patients face a journey to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury as the changes, agreed five years ago, are finally put in place.
The following will not be allowed at Wycombe: • Children who need an overnight stay.
• Emergency children’s care for minor and serious illnesses and serious injuries.
• Neonatal care, also known as the special care baby unit (SCBU).
• Women who need a doctor-led birth.
• Women who need an overnight stay, before or after birth.
• Gynaecology patients who need an overnight stay.
The Bucks Free Press re-launched its Hand Back Our Hospital campaign last week to call for the services to stay at the hospital.
We also want accident and emergency services to be restored after serious trauma cases were snatched away in 2005.
If you are about to give birth in the newly revamped maternity unit in Aylesbury then we want you to tell us about your experiences good or bad.
If you are the parent of a sick child or you are concerned about how the move may affect your family, then get in touch.
Or if you are just a worried resident who fears for the future of our hospital, then tell us your views.
The BFP has campaigned relentlessly since the shake-up plans were first proposed in early 2004.
Thousands of readers backed us, but the moves still went ahead. Now the paper is having one more try.
Wycombe Hospital will continue to provide appointments and operations that do not require an overnight stay. Low-risk women can give birth with midwives only present.
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