GP ward at Montrose Infirmary to re-open

Tayside health bosses have announced that the GP ward at Montrose Infirmary is due to open in the next month with staff being on site from this week.

The Bridge Street hospital opened its doors again last Monday (June 16) after it temporarily shut on April 24 following a failure of the heating and water systems and a soot-like substance being blown through the air filter system.

The midwives have been back on site since last week and the maternity unit began birthing local women again on Saturday (June 21).

There are also plans to re-open in the GP unit within the next few weeks, which has been transferred to the Inpatient Unit at Brechin Infirmary with patients being admitted directly in
to Brechin.

Dr Andrew Russell, medical director, said: “I am pleased to announce that it is our intention to re-open Montrose Infirmary GP Unit within the next four weeks. In fact, some ward staff will be in the unit from this week onwards to start to recommission the unit and prepare for the admission of patients.

“As you can appreciate, as the building has been closed for two months, we need time to ensure that the environment is absolutely safe for our patients.

“Environmentally we have been dealing with quite complex issues in a number of systems, including the water, heating and filtration systems and, therefore, we would like to have the Community Maternity Unit at the infirmary up and running 24/7 for a couple of weeks to ensure the resilience of the environment before we start readmitting inpatients into the GP Unit.”

Associate medical director Dr Michelle Watts and director of community services Bill Nicoll, along with Angus Community Health Partnership colleagues, met with Montrose GPs last Wednesday (June 18) to advise them of the planned reopening of the GP Unit and agreed to keep the local GPs updated with ongoing progress.

Dr Margaret McGuire, nurse director, said: “We opened the Community Maternity Unit at Montrose on Monday, June 16, and ante-natal and post-natal clinics have been running all week (last week).

“The midwifery team have also been working hard to recommission the unit and I am very pleased to say that the unit will return to fully operational status for births from Saturday, June 21.

“I know this is welcome news for local women and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the midwifery team for all their hard work over the past few weeks and also to thank the local community for their patience 
and support.”