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Maternity hospitals add beds to meet rising demand

The Shanghai Health Bureau said today each of the three city-level maternity hospitals will add 100 beds within three months to meet the soaring demand for best prenatal check and child delivery services as the city copes with a baby boom.

Two new maternity hospitals will be put into use next year to help ease bed shortage.

The bureau also advised pregnant women to do prenatal exam and to deliver their baby at district-level maternity hospitals or general hospitals close to home, instead of going all the way to a crowded city-level maternity hospital.

"The city has 81 hospitals that offer maternity services. Their combined total of 3,759 beds is enough to meet local demand if all pregnant women use nearby hospitals," said Wang Panshi, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Bureau.

"A patient transfer system has been established in the city. Pregnant women with high-risk complications will be sent to advanced hospitals. Therefore, everyone has access to the best medical resources in case of an emergency," he said.

Dai Liangtu, a doctor with the Shanghai No. 411 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army, said district-level maternity hospitals are capable of good services and nearby hospitals are safer in a mature health service network.


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