Montrose maternity unit closed for births

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Montrose Community Maternity Unit will be temporarily closed for births from Tuesday, June 7, as a result of staff shortages.

The unit will remain open Monday to Friday from 8am until 5pm and will continue to provide antenatal and postnatal care for Angus women as usual.

The unit, which usually supports approximately 12 births per month, is expected to resume births in September.

Justine Craig, Head of Midwifery for NHS Tayside, said: “As a result of staffing shortages, we have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close Montrose Community Maternity Unit for births, with women being given a choice of where they would like to give birth instead.

“We know that this may be upsetting for some women who had planned to give birth at Montrose, however, we must provide a maternity service with appropriately skilled staff which is safe for women and staff.

“Our Montrose maternity team and other support staff will be working out of the Community Maternity Unit at Arbroath Infirmary alongside the Arbroath maternity team and this will ensure continuity of care.

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

“Women who were due to give birth at Montrose are being contacted and advised about the new arrangements and will be able to discuss birth options with an Angus community midwife, where further information will be provided and any concerns discussed.”

Clear signage with information about who to contact in an emergency will be in place at the Montrose Community Maternity Unit for anyone who attends out-of-hours.