Date lodged: 10 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many community maternity hubs are planned, and where they will be located; how much they will cost to develop; how they will be staffed; how the risk profile of the mothers due to give birth will be assessed, and what action it will take to ensure that the hubs (a) offer consistent high-quality care and (b) maintain safe staffing rotas.
Answered by: Shona Robison 27 October 2017
The Best Start recommends that "NHSBoards should redesign maternity services with a focus on local care, built around the concept of multidisciplinary community hubs, with the majority of women being offered routine care and services through these hubs." This is in line with the national strategic direction to deliver multidisciplinary patient centred care as outlined in the National Clinical Strategy and Realistic Medicine. Scottish Government will work with NHS Boards locally to implement the recommendation from the Best Start however it is for NHS Boards to determine where the hubs are located, what services are provided within these hubs and how these are managed to ensure that they offer safe, high quality services to all pregnant women. We expect boards to involve staff and patients in these discussions.