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Thank you for your feedback

The consultation on our proposal to transform maternity services in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire closed on 24 February 2019.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views, all feedback will be independently analysed and the results used to help the governing bodies of B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs make a final decision.

What happens next?

No decisions will be made about this proposal until after the public consultation has finished. The responses will be carefully analysed by an independent organisation, the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement at the University of Bath.

The results will be used to help make a final decision on the proposed changes.

We can't start making any of the changes in this proposal until a formal decision has been made by Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

A massive 'thank you' to all those who participated in the consultation by completing a survey form, attending a public meeting or being part of the discussions across the region. We received nearly 2000 responses altogether - almost double what we were expecting! We originally hoped to respond to the consultation in July, but independent analysis of the feedback (which is being undertaken by the University of Bath) is taking longer than originally anticipated and we now expect to be able to publish a report in September 2019.

If we do receive approval to go ahead with our proposal, we can't change everything at once, some changes depend on other things happening first. A possible timeline is shown below:

The decision-making process will be robust, rigorous and fair and will be assured by NHS England. The speed of implementation of an agreed outcome following the consultation that includes the building of new Alongside Midwifery Units in Bath and Salisbury is dependent on accessing one-off additional funding to support the building of those units.

Once this consultation is concluded, should one-off additional funding be required, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainable Transformation Partnership would put the development of maternity facilities as one of its top priorities and explore funding opportunities for these.

For those who are using our services in the lead up to or during the proposed change, please be assured we'll still be working together to provide high quality care across our Local Maternity System.