Health board extends submission deadline
The Southern DHB has extended the deadline for submissions to be made regarding the Primary Maternity System of Care proposal until tomorrow.
The proposal includes downgrading the Lumsden Maternity Centre from an inpatient primary birthing unit to a ‘‘maternal and child hub’’ with no birthing facilities and fewer postnatal care options.
Another hub would be established at Te Anau, and Winton Maternity Centre would remain open. Under the proposal, the southern district maternity system will have eight birthing units and five primary maternal and child hubs to support women and their babies, working with other complementary community and primary care services.
The proposal has outraged many in the community, some of whom held a march and public meeting in Lumsden to protest the changes to the centre.
The executive director of the DHB’s strategy, primary and community directorate, Lisa Gestro, said the time extension was because of the ‘‘large amount of interest’’ in the proposal.
‘‘We are receiving many submissions and we want to ensure that everyone who wishes to make a contribution has the opportunity to do so.
‘‘We welcome further input to help us to find the best possible solution for the whole district.’’
Protestors marched last month against the downgrading of the Lumsden Maternity Centre.