Reg­is­tra­tion opens for thou­sands of new ba­bies born in lock­down

West Sussex County Times - - News - Joshua Powl­ing

West Sus­sex’s ser­vice for reg­is­ter­ing births is re­open­ing at cer­tain lo­ca­tions where nec­es­sary so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures are in place.

The ser­vice an­tic­i­pates that it will need to reg­is­ter in ex­cess of 2,000 births in the coming months as lock­down re­stric­tions stalled all birth reg­is­tra­tions since the end of March.

The ser­vice re­spect­fully asks that those par­ents whose ba­bies were born in Fe­bru­ary, March or April 2020 are al­lowed to book their ap­point­ments first.

The county coun­cil will give a fur­ther up­date when they can re­lease book­ings for May and June ba­bies.

Res­i­dents will be able to reg­is­ter births at of­fices in Craw­ley, Chich­ester (Wil­low Park), Hor­sham, Hay­wards Heath and Wor­thing and will need to go in for part of the ap­point­ment but each lo­ca­tion will have dif­fer­ent re­stric­tions.

Any­one want­ing to reg­is­ter a birth will first need to book an ap­point­ment on­line at www.west­sus­ reg­is­ter­abirth

On your al­lo­cated day and time, you will need to at­tend the cho­sen of­fice and the regis­trar will tele­phone you to take the reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion. It is there­fore very im­por­tant that you have the mo­bile phone with you that re­lates to the mo­bile num­ber given at the time of book­ing.

The regis­trar will then print the reg­is­ter page and in­vite you into the of­fice to sign the pa­per­work at a ta­ble as close to the en­trance as pos­si­ble, with screens and other pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures in place.

You will then check and sign the reg­is­ter page in front of the regis­trar and then the birth cer­tifi­cate can be or­dered on­line af­ter the ap­point­ment.

Dun­can Crow, cab­i­net mem­ber for fire and res­cue and com­mu­ni­ties, said: “We have re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the pa­tience of res­i­dents who have wanted to reg­is­ter a birth dur­ing the cur­rent pan­demic. Un­for­tu­nately, due to so­cial dis­tanc­ing re­stric­tions and leg­is­la­tion that only al­lows for in­di­vid­u­als to reg­is­ter a birth face to face, the reg­is­tra­tion ser­vice has had to fol­low the na­tional guid­ance ac­cord­ingly.

“Even though there are still some re­stric­tions in place for the time be­ing, the reg­is­trars are look­ing for­ward to shar­ing in your joy at reg­is­ter­ing the birth of your new baby, but please be pa­tient as they are al­ready very busy tack­ling the back­log of reg­is­tra­tions that have built up dur­ing lock­down, so they would ap­pre­ci­ate par­ents’ un­der­stand­ing at this busy time.”

Please note that the ser­vice is not given de­tails of new births, so will not be con­tact­ing fam­i­lies di­rectly.

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