Kent

Maidstone Hospital's midwife-led birthing centre opens

Birthing centre at Maidstone Hospital
Image caption The Birth Centre is a stand-alone building located to the rear of Maidstone Hospital.

A new midwife-led birthing centre which cost nearly £3m to build has officially opened at Maidstone Hospital.

It follows the controversial decision to move consultant-led maternity services away from Maidstone to the new site at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Campaigners had feared a lack of specialist care at Maidstone would put babies' lives at risk.

However, the government backed West Kent Primary Care Trust's decision to downgrade the unit.

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