THE transfer of maternity services from Huddersfield to Calderdale will be completed by the end of this week.

All high-risk inductions and caesarean sections were moved to Calderdale Royal Hospital’s obstetrics unit yesterday.

At midnight tomorrow the Huddersfield delivery suite will close for the final time and all new admissions will go to Halifax.

By Friday, all consultant-led maternity services and special care baby services will operate from Calderdale.

Only parents electing to have their babies born in the midwife-led family birth centre will be admitted to Huddersfield.

Diane Whittingham, chief executive of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, said: “We will have the fourth largest special care baby unit in Yorkshire as a result and importantly retain the status that allows us to provide intensive care services for babies locally.

“We will also be extending the consultant cover available on our obstetric ward from 32 to 60 hours, which will have benefits for the women who need or choose to have consultant-led maternity care.

“Added to that, local women also have the choice of using the new Huddersfield family birth centre or the newly-developed Calderdale birth centre.”

New mums who show no signs of complications can still choose to give birth at HRI’s multi-million-pound birth centre.

The centre has six en-suite birthing rooms, two with birthing pools and all equipped with birthing balls, soft mats, music systems and soft lighting.