FEEDBACK from a public conversation about the review of services provided by Liverpool Women’s Hospital, shows the majority of people who took part support the reasons why doctors, nurses and midwives believe services need to change. The case for considering changes to the way women’s and newborn services should be delivered was set out in a range of materials which supported this conversation. In summary the case for change explains how the needs of patients have changed since the hospital opened more than 20 years ago, which has increased the clinical challenges that patients could face, including:
- More women are having babies at a later age and more women are able to have babies despite having serious medical problems;
- Babies that wouldn’t have survived are now routinely surviving, but require intensive care;
- Women are living longer with increasing numbers requiring gynaecological services, including gynaecological cancers which often involve complex surgery.