Maternity ward shuts but Tanunda to continue community midwife service

March 5, 2018 will be etched into the history books of the Tanunda War Memorial Hospital when the obstetrics unit closed.

The result of a decision made by Country Health SA, who were acting on advice from local GPs, has meant no more babies will be born in the Barossa.

Country Health SA’s regional director for Barossa Hills Fleurieu, Ms Debbie Martin said the decision was made to ensure women give birth at a facility with the available staff and resources required to provide the highest level of care.

Expectant mothers will now birth at Gawler or Kapunda.

According to Ms Trudi Morrissey, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Tanunda Hospital, antenatal education classes and the community midwife service will continue to be provided in the Barossa for postnatal mothers.

She added Ms Rosie Reynolds will continue to support these services.

It has left four rooms, a theatre and labor ward now empty in the Mill Street location. 

The Leader understands some general hospital patients are using the four rooms with the future of that part of the hospital now being discussed.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.

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