NHS Grampian has confirmed dates for the open meetings being held as part of its formal consultation on proposed changes to the maternity service in Grampian.

The meetings will give the public an opportunity to find out more about the proposals and give their views on them.

The meetings are being held from 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm to enable as many people as possible to attend.

They include one at the Invercarron Resource Centre, Stonehaven, on Thursday February 16.

The public do not need to book a place, but the health board would prefer to have contact details should the meetings need to be postponed because of bad weather. Details can be left on 01224 550950 or email, providing your name, contact telephone number, and which session you plan to attend.

People can also give their views by completing the feedback questionnaire, e- mailing comments to or by writing to Freepost, NHS Grampian. The consultation paper and feedback questionnaire are available from or via the contact information above.

All responses to the consultation must be received by 22 March 2012.

Currently parts of the maternity service are not set up in the right way, or located in the right place, to address some of the real challenges staff are facing.

The proposals aim to provide a service that is safer, more sustainable and which will better meet the needs of all women and families across Grampian.