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Staff working hard to clear birth registration backlog

chw Published Monday, 22nd June 2020

Over 600 birth registrations have taken place in Worcestershire in the last ten days as lockdown restrictions have eased.

On their busiest day to date the teams at four of the Worcestershire County Council sites in Worcester, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Redditch, completed a massive 95 registrations whilst ensuring measures are in place to protect staff and visitor safety.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities said: “It’s a big moment for families when they register the birth of their child, we are really pleased to be able offer face to face registrations once more.

A back log of registrations had built up and I want to thank our Registration Services teams for working hard to ensure Worcestershire’s new parents are able to access this important service safely.”

Measures that have been put in place to ensure staff and visitor safety include staggered appointment times, supply of hand sanitiser and screens and clear social distancing advice.

Mrs. Radford from Bromsgrove registered her baby last week, she said: “It was easy and quick to book the appointment on line. During the appointment which was great, I felt safe with the screens and the hand sanitisers.”

To meet the demand from Worcestershire’s parents, register offices have been opening on Saturdays to help to work through the backlog of registrations which developed when offices were closed for 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.    

To adhere to social distancing regulations, birth registration is strictly by appointment only. Appointments can be made using an online booking system: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20000/birth_death_marriage_civil_partnership