Women won't be able to go to Oswestry's maternity unit to give birth for the next fortnight. The unit had been closed for births and inpatients since Wednesday night, with "staff sickness" blamed. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust said it was making the move to "remove the uncertainty" after a series of similar closures at Shropshire's three rural maternity units since the start of the year. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust said the Oswestry unit would still be open for antenatal and postnatal services. It also stressed that only 2% of births in Shropshire took place at the rural maternity units in January.