Review of services at Liverpool Women's Hospital

Date exercise ended - Monday, August 15, 2016

Liverpool_Womens_Hospital_758505_i0.jpgThe NHS is asking the public to share their views as part of a review of services provided at Liverpool Women's Hospital.

It's the next stage in a process to improve care for women and newborn babies, which was announced in March 2016.

This engagement will provide information about the reasons why nurses, doctors and midwives believe that changes are necessary and invite people to comment on whether they understand and support the case for change.

Liverpool Women's opened more than 20 years ago and the needs of patients have changed in that time. Women are living longer and having babies later in life, while advances in medicine mean more premature and unwell babies are surviving when they wouldn't have in the past.

Not all of the care needed to treat these increasingly complex needs is available at Liverpool Women's, so women and newborn babies have to be transferred to other local hospitals, often by ambulance. This means that Liverpool Women's is unable to meet national care standards in a number of areas.

The hospital is also facing financial challenges that can't be resolved within current arrangements.

How to give your views

You can complete an online questionnaire on the Healthy Liverpool Website. You can also call 0151 296 7537 to request a paper copy or alternative formats.

How to find out more

You can read more about the review and consultation by downloading this informative booklet

The following public events are also taking place:

  • Thursday 21 July
    Bridge Chapel Centre (Booth Hall), Heath Road, L19 4XR. Event runs 2pm-4pm with registration and coffee from 1.30pm.
  • Tuesday 2 August
    Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, L8 7PE. Event runs 6pm - 8pm with registration and coffee from 5.30pm.
  • Thursday 4 August
    PAL Multicultural Centre, 68a Mulgrave St, L8 2TF. Event runs 2pm - 4pm with registration and coffee from 1.30pm. 
  • Wednesday 10 August
    Oakmere Community College, Cherry Lane, L4 6UG. Event runs 3pm - 5pm with coffee and registration from 2.30pm.

Places at the events can only be guaranteed if people book in advance. They can do this at or by calling 0151 296 7537.

Facts and figures

Liverpool Women's Hospital as it is today was founded in 1994 but it has constantly evolved to meet the changing needs of its patients and its history dates back to 1796 when a group of local women set up the Ladies' Charity to provide medical care and assistance with childbirth. 

The hospital employs around 1,300 staff 

The hospital delivers around 8,500 babies each year

In 2014/15, 811 patients needed an emergency ambulance transfer to or from the hospital

Over 96% of emergency ambulance journeys from the hospital are to Alder Hey Children's Hospital or the Royal Liverpool Hospital

In 2014/15, 182 babies were transferred to Alder Hey

The hospital ended the last financial year (2015/16) with a deficit of £7.3m.

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