Maternity services review continues

New born baby boy resting in mothers arms.

The review of Castlemaine Health’s maternity services continues this week.
The review team began interviews onsite last Friday with Castlemaine Health Board members, executive, staff, GP obstetricians, Bendigo Health representatives and patients.

The review is being headed up by Dr Rupert Sherwood the Acting Clinical Services Director Women’s and Children’s Division at Western Health and Midwife Reviewer Lisa Smith of the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital as the Maternity Services Operations Manager.

Castlemaine Health CEO Ian Fisher said they had hoped that the review’s early findings could enable maternity services to resume while the process was taking place. However, that has not happened. 
Mr Fisher said it is expected that increased management and oversight of their service will be required for the implementation of the review’s findings. 
To resource this, a new Clinical Maternity Lead position has been created to head up the maternity service. See today’s Mail for the full story. Out Now.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.