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Rosie Hospital's 30m extension
Artist's impression, Rosie Hospital
An artist's impression of the Rosie Hospital's 30m extension

More women will be able to give birth at the Rosie Hospital, at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, when an extension is completed in 2012.

"Instead of having three midwifery-led birthing units, there will be 10," explained Brenda Hennessy, director of patient experience.

Facilities for mothers and their partners will improve, and there will be an increase in neo-natal cots.

The £30m extension is needed to cope with the rising birth rate.

'En suite facilities'

"When the Rosie Hospital was built in 1983, it was built for 3,000 to 4,000 births a year," said Ms Hennessy.

The unit now has around 5,800 births a year and this is predicted to go up to 7,500 in the next few years.

"The midwifery-led birthing units will have birthing pools in them," she explained. "And en suite facilities and places where partners can stay if the birth is a little bit prolonged."

The plans also include a a counselling suite, cafe area, outside space for patients and families to relax in and an obstetric operating theatre.

The Rosie already has the largest neo-natal facility in the east of England with 35 cots.

Rosie Maternity Unit, Addenbrooke's
The current entrance of the hospital will close on 26 November

"Once we've opened the new unit we'll have 58 cots with more space for the parents to spend time with their babies," said Ms Hennessy. "And really good facilities for parents to be able to stay at the hospital rather than having to travel long distances."

The development is being paid for by a £30m loan and £5m from the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust.

"It's absolutely essential that we do make sure that we've got facilities for the future," continued Ms Hennessy.

"I think we'd be very remiss if we didn't do something now to make sure that all the women in Cambridgeshire have the facilities that they need when they have their babies."

As the new services open more staff will gradually be taken on.

The Rosie's current main entrance will close on 26 November 2010 for the build.

In the meantime, patients and visitors are being advised to come to the Rosie using the Addenbrooke's Treatment Centre entrance, or the hospital's main entrance.




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