Tayside health bosses say they still plan to open Montrose Maternity Unit in two weeks

Montrose Infirmary
Montrose Infirmary

Tayside health bosses say they are committed to re-opening Montrose Maternity Unit in two weeks.

Montrose Infirmary, on bridge street, closed on April 24 after a failure of the heating and water systems, and as a result, a soot-like substance was blown through the hospital’s air filter system, which has proved difficult to remove.

Dr Margaret McGuire, nurse director, said, “Our plans remain to open the Community Maternity Unit at Montrose in the week commencing June 16.

“Midwives are already gearing up for this reopening and, in the meantime, continue to provide care to Montrose women both at the Links Health Centre and at Arbroath Community Maternity Unit.

“The team is ensuring that they are keeping local mums updated with progress and this will continue until we have a confirmed date for the reopening of the unit.”

The GP ward from Montrose Infirmary has transferred to the Inpatient Unit at Brechin Infirmary and patients are being admitted directly into Brechin.

The staff from Montrose Infirmary have transferred with patients to Brechin to maintain continuity of care, say NHS Tayside.

Dr Russell added: “There are three patients from Montrose being cared for at Brechin Infirmary and, as I have already stated, clinical evidence gives us many reasons why it would not be in those patients’ best interests to transfer them to Montrose.

“Currently, there are no patients waiting to be admitted to Brechin Infirmary, however, we are keeping a close watching brief on the situation and will keep the community updated. We have been in touch with the local GP practices and are currently arranging a meeting with them to discuss the ongoing situation.

“Our number one priority will always be the patients and providing the best care experience that we can.”