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Ilford's King George Hospital labour ward closes down

Women will no longer be able to give birth at King George Hospital in Ilford as the labour ward has closed down.

Mothers-to-be will still be able to access pre and post maternity care at the hospital's maternity ward.

They will have to go to either Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, or Whipps Cross in Leytonstone, east London to give birth.

The labour ward has been closed as part of plans to improve maternity card in north-east London.

Lower risk

The NHS North East London and the City Board decided last week to rubber stamp the plans while the hospital's bosses, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Board, approved it the day before.

BHR hospital trust said the changes mean women with more complex births will be able to deliver their babies more safely as specialist services will be concentrated in fewer centres with more senior doctor cover.

For lower risk pregnancies, midwife-led birthing centres in Barking and in Queen's Birth Centre at Queen's Hospital have been opened.

Birthing capacity has also been increased at Newham and Homerton hospitals.

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