The Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals Trust, Mary Edwards, and the local MP Sir George Young relaunched Maternity Services at Andover Hospital.
"Today marks the commencement of the DOMINO service at Hampshire Hospitals Maternity Centre here at Andover. Previously known as the Andover Birth Centre, it has a long-history which is familiar to everyone. Now it is part of Hampshire Hospitals’ service – and as a Maternity Centre will provide a DOMINO service for women.
AWMH is the base where women can see Midwives antenatally and postnatally. This means women can have a number of choices for birthing including home birth supported by our midwives, DOMINO where they have the option to transfer to the Maternity Centre to be supported by their community midwife team and then return home a few hours after the birth, as well as the option of a hospital delivery in BNH or RHCH.
Today demonstrates Hampshire Hospitals’ commitment to providing services locally where possible which is good for Andover."
Guests at the event included The Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Dorothy Baverstock; Cllr Pam Mutton, Hampshire County Council Vice Chairman;
Cllr Pat West, HCC HOSC, Chairman; the Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Ian Carr; Cllr Sandra Hawke and County Councillor Anna McNair-Scott.
Also present were Members of the Board of Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, Governors of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Representatives of the North Hampshire Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)
Present and prospective users of the services
Community Midwives and Staff of Hampshire Hospitals
Sir George said the re-opening of the service, weeks after the introduction of mobile chemotherapy services at the Hospital, showed the commitment of the new Foundation Trust to the development of services in Andover, a fast-growing town.