Bolton's £20m maternity department 'cannot be matched' by rival hopsitals

The Royal Bolton's A&E will expand if it becomes a 'super hospital'

The Royal Bolton's A&E will expand if it becomes a 'super hospital'

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STAFF at the Royal Bolton Hospital are no strangers to mass consultations and change.

Trust directors, doctors and midwives will be remember the “Making It Better” scheme, when the Royal Bolton become a £20 million super centre for the care of women, children and babies.

It saw the expansion of the maternity department in Bolton while other trusts such as Bury and Salford, lost their units.

The Healthier Together proposals are similar in that they will concentrate specialised services across Greater Manchester.

If the Royal Bolton is successful in Healthier Together, it will build on the work already laid out by Making It Better.

Maternity services will be a key part of the Royal Bolton’s bid, with bosses hinting they want to expand women, children and obstetrics even more.

About 6,000 babies are born at the Royal Bolton Hospital every year. The maternity unit could fulfil its 8,000 capacity if were to take on the service from another borough like Wigan.

David Wakefield, chairman of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We boast maternity standards that our neighbours can’t match.

“Our women, children and obstetrics is already a super-centre and that’s what we will be building on. We want to expand those services.”

The trust will also propose to expand Bolton’s busy A&E department as part of its super hospital bid.

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11:07am Mon 9 Jun 14

Diamonintherough says...

Bolton maternity unit is not something to brag upon! I gave birth in a condemned room i had to wait hours to be moved to a new one. Just before i was about to actually start to give birth a random man walks in my room and the staff barely gave my sick baby his bloods or meds on time! Thats just for starters. I would definitely travel if i was to ever have another baby.
Bolton maternity unit is not something to brag upon! I gave birth in a condemned room i had to wait hours to be moved to a new one. Just before i was about to actually start to give birth a random man walks in my room and the staff barely gave my sick baby his bloods or meds on time! Thats just for starters. I would definitely travel if i was to ever have another baby. Diamonintherough
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