Consultation Outcome Transformation of Acute Maternity Services

9th June 2023

In March NHSCT concluded their public consultation seeking views on the transformation of their acute maternity services.

Following the consultation, at its public meeting in March 2023, the Board of the Northern Trust approved a recommendation that all hospital births should take place at Antrim Area Hospital.

Today that recommendation was approved by Peter May, the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.

Operationally, this will come into effect from 17 July 2023, and preparations are now underway to introduce the new model.

NHSCT strongly believe this is the best outcome for women and babies in our care.

Any women who are due to give birth at Causeway Hospital will be contacted by the Trust directly. They have also set up a helpline to answer any queries 028 9448 1763. The helpline will be available Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, until Friday 23 June.

For more information please visit: Transformation of Acute Maternity Services – Northern Health and Social Care Trust (

The statement from the Department of Health is available here