Milton Ulladulla Hospital – birthing services update
Update on birthing services
Two key groups have been working together since the last community forum
to ensure that safe and sustainable antenatal services will be in place for
the Milton Ulladulla population. These groups have worked through many
safety issues, such as links with Ambulance, what to do when women present
in emergency situations to the Emergency Department, and how best to provide
this level of care.
The work has been extensive and very constructive and has involved management representation, clinical representation and community representation. A Level 1 Model of Care is now in place at Milton Ulladulla Hospital, with appropriate staffing levels, resourcing etc established, including a 7-day a week local antenatal and postnatal service.
The next significant piece of work is to fully explore the reintroduction of Level 2 birthing services for Milton Ulladulla Hospital. It is anticipated this piece of work, will take longer than the Level 1 service work has, due to the complexity of these clinical and organisational arrangements.
The District is very appreciative of the support it has had from the community, as this has been essential in enabling us to have such a positive and constructive working relationship.
Additional updates from the Steering Group and Model of Care Group will be added to this website.
- Media Release: Milton Ulladulla 7-day antenatal and postnatal service commences (July 2017)
- Media Release: Milton Ulladulla Hospital birthing services a step closer (March 2017)
- Meeting Report – November 2016
- Joint Letter – September 2016
- Terms of Reference Maternity Steering Group
- Terms of Reference Maternity Model of Care Group
Previous Changes to birthing services
From 1 July 2016, birthing services have not been provided at Milton Ulladulla Hospital (MUH). All births have been referred to the maternity team at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital (SDMH) – which provides a higher level of specialist obstetric care for woman across the Shoalhaven region.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Board made the decision to cease birthing services following a comprehensive review of the MUH maternity service. This decision was not made lightly and came after extensive consultation with local clinical professionals, together with a full review of options available for the provision of services that are safe and appropriate for both the community and the Hospital.
To better support local women before and after giving birth antenatal clinics, classes and postnatal services for newborns at Milton will be strengthened. Specialist obstetricians from Shoalhaven will continue to work with local midwives to provide a weekly antenatal clinic at Milton and local midwives will be available to provide support and information to pregnant women and their families.
Additional information for the community and pregnant women and their families is provided in the below Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.
Milton Ulladulla Hospital
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital