Montrose Maternity Unit remains closed for births

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The planned reopening this month of Montrose Maternity Unit for births has been delayed.

Births at the maternity unit were suspended in June due to staff shortages and expectant mothers were told midwives would not be able to assist births at the unit until at least September.

NHS Tayside has successfully recruited midwives but the unit is unlikely to reopen for some time until the new staff are fully trained.

Mums-to-be in Angus are still able to choose where they would like to give birth until Montrose Maternity Unit reopens.

Justine Craig, head of midwifery for NHS Tayside, said: “A new model of care was introduced in Angus in June this year using an on-call system for midwives.

“The model offers Angus women wishing to give birth locally the option of giving birth in Arbroath Community Maternity Unit or at home.

“This service has been working well with positive feedback from women and we will continue to operate with this model for the next few months.

“Patient safety is always our priority and although we had hoped to reopen Montrose Community Maternity Unit for births this month, staff recruitment and training must be completed and it is not possible to reopen the unit for births at this time.

“The Montrose Community Maternity Unit remains open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5pm and continues to provide antenatal and postnatal care for Angus women as usual.

“Women in Angus continue to have the full range of options for place of birth, which include Arbroath Community Maternity Unit, the Dundee Midwifery Unit, home birth or birth in a consultant-led unit in Ninewells Hospital.”