Last Welwyn Garden City hospital births today

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 October 2011 | UPDATED: 10:54 20 October 2011

QE2 Hospital, WGC

QE2 Hospital, WGC


TODAY is the last day that a baby could be born at the QE2 Hospital as maternity services are closed and moved to Stevenage’s Lister Hospital this morning (Tuesday).

If a woman is due to have a baby at the WGC hospital, or needs hospital admission after 7.30am, they will be sent to the Lister Hospital’s £16.4m state-of-the-art, new unit.

Rona Moss, branch coordinator of The Welwyn Garden City and District branch of the NCT, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the closure of ward marked the “end of an era”.

The Datchworth resident said: “I gave birth to both my daughters at the QE2, one only five weeks ago and it’s incredibly sad that other local mums won’t be able to benefit from such a wonderful, local service.”

A spokesman for the East and North Herts NHS Trust said: “If a woman has booked to have a hospital birth, or requires admission to the antenatal ward after 7.30am on October 18 they will need to go to the Lister Hospital.

“Plans are in place for the care and transfer of babies in the QE2’s special care baby unit (SCBU).

“The QE2 maternity and SCBU units will remain fully operational until the last mother and baby have either been discharged as planned, or transferred to the Lister Hospital.

“All women booked to have babies at the trust have been made aware of the changes.”

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