An historic house could become Salford’s new birth centre.
Contractors and a midwifery service provider are now being sought to transform Ingleside in Oakwood Park, Swinton into a midwife-led birth centre. The news comes only months after the announcement of the relocation of the city’s previous midwife-led unit at Salford Royal. NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with Salford City Council to develop a new site for the midwife-led birth centre.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “There is still much work to be done if we’re to ensure that our vision becomes a reality but I would like to thank Salford CCG, NHS England, Salford Royal and partners for their continued support to help realise our continued aspirations for babies to be born in Salford.”
The facility is to provide a state-of-the-art centre for babies to be born locally with other community based services being co-located in the same building, such as antenatal/postnatal groups, breastfeeding support and perinatal mental health support, giving parents real choices in Salford.
Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing, said: “The proposed new site at Ingleside would provide an exciting new future for an historic building that has been empty since 2015.
“There is a lot of potential to develop Ingleside but plans are still to be finalised and further decisions are to be made. It all depends on costs being approved, a planning application and the successful award of a midwifery contract by Salford CCG for running the centre.
“We are committed to supporting the project so that babies can continue to be born in Salford and that we improve local choices for women and provide personalised services as part of the national maternity pioneer programme.”
Dr Tom Tasker, Chair of NHS Salford CCG, said: “We’re working hard with potential providers for the new service and also our colleagues at Salford City Council to look to develop a new birth centre at Ingleside. Our priority is to make sure women are at the heart of our plans for maternity services in Salford so we are talking to pregnant women and their families on what matters to them as we move forwards with this."
To help with the project, Salford City Council is considering approving £380,000 in funding to provide the birth centre service at Salford Royal until the new facilities are available. A report will go before cabinet next week (March 14).
A planning application will be submitted for the change of use of Ingleside shortly. Work is also underway to secure a contractor for the refurbishment of the house and a provider to operate the new unit. Subject to further discussions between Salford City Council and the CCG, work should start on site in early summer.
The move of the birth centre coincides with the expansion of Salford Royal as it becomes one of the region’s most specialised hospitals with high-risk emergency and non-emergency surgery moving from other hospitals in Greater Manchester to Salford.