Working with you to transform Acute Maternity Services

We are consulting on why we believe we need to make some changes to improve the maternity service we provide for women and their families.  We want everyone across the Northern Trust area to benefit from safe, effective and high quality acute maternity services.   We must carefully plan how to meet growing need and ensure we make best use of our resources to provide excellent care.

The documents below provide detailed information on our proposals for Maternity Services.  The consultation document explains why we need to transform our Acute Maternity Services and describes two options for future services.

Consultation Document
Easy Read Consultation Document

We welcome your views on our proposal in any format.  However, you may wish to use our online feedback form to make responding easier.

The ‘Considering our Options’ paper describes in more detail why maternity services need to change.  This paper also includes available information and evidence that has supported the development of a model of care and an analysis of possible options for future services.

Considering The Options Paper

In keeping with the commitments in our Equality Scheme we have carried out an Equality Impact Assessment of this proposal.

Equality Impact Assessment

As required under the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 we have carried out a Rural Needs Impact Assessment.

Rural Needs Impact Assessment

Other Documents

Consultation Letter
Press Release
Frequently Asked Questions

Listening Events

As part of the consultation process the Trust will be holding two online listening events to hear more about our proposal. Due to the rising cases of flu and current winter pressures, we are holding the events online to encourage as many people as possible to attend.

Dates for the listening events are as follows:

Wednesday 18 January 2023 at 7pm

Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 11am

These events will provide the opportunity for you to hear more about the proposals and to give your feedback.

To register for one of the events, please contact the Trust’s Involvement Team on or telephone 02827661377 detailing which date you wish to attend and we will send you the zoom link to join.

We recognise that online engagement does not suit everyone and we are happy to meet in person with any group or representative organisation.  Please contact the Trust’s Involvement Team on or telephone 02827661377 if you would like us to arrange a meeting.

We are consulting for 14 weeks beginning 25 November 2022, all comments should be returned to the Equality Unit by 3 March 2023.


Alternative Formats

If you have any queries about the consultation documents, and their availability in alternative formats (including Braille, disk, audio and minority languages) then please contact the Equality Unit on or telephone 028 2766 1377.

English:  This document can be made available in minority ethnic languages, on request, to meet the needs of those not fluent in English.

Polish:  Aby wyjść naprzeciw potrzebom osób, które nie mówią biegle po angielsku, ten Plan Działania może być udostępniony w językach mniejszości etnicznych na życzenie.

Lithuanian:  Šis veiksmų Planas pareikalavus gali būti pateiktas tautiniu mažumu kalbomis, kad atitiktų sklandžiai nemokančių anglų kalbos poreikius.

Portuguese:  O Plano de Ação está disponível, à pedido, em outras línguas, para atender às necessidades das pessoas que não são fluentes na língua Inglesa.

Tetum:  Aksaun Planu ida né,se bele fo ou halo iha liafuan etnika minoria sira nian, nebe bele husu, para bele ajuda ba ema sira nebe la hatene koalia lian Inglés.

Latvian:  Šis darbības plāns var būt pieejams mazākumtautību valodās pēc pieprasījuma, lai palīdzētu tiem, kam ir nepietiekamas angļu valodas zināšanas.

Russian:  Сейчас план проводимой работы может быть доступен так же на языках этнических меньшинств, по просьбе тех, кто не владеет свободно английским языком.

Czech:  ‘Aby byly uspokojeny potřeby těch, kteří nemluví plynule anglicky, je možné tento návrh Akčního plánu na požádání poskytnout v jazycích etnických menšin.’

Slovak:  Tento Akčný Plán môže byť na požiadanie dostupný v jazykoch národnostných menšín z dôvodu zabezpečenia potrieb tých, ktorí nie sú spôsobilí mu porozumieť v angličtine.

Chinese- (Cantonese):這行動計劃草案將會根據需求被翻譯成各種小數族裔語言去迎合那些英語不流利的人士的需要。



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