Shropshire

Flash flooding shuts Shrewsbury maternity unit

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital sign
Image caption Calls had been diverted so women had 24/7 access to a midwife, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust said

A maternity unit has been closed after flash flooding damaged its roof.

The midwife-led unit in Shrewsbury shut on Monday evening, with people being asked to go to the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, about 18 miles away.

It was hoped it would reopen on Tuesday morning, but services are now expected to resume at lunchtime on Wednesday.

Three women who had given birth were sent home from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the trust said.

But "neither Wrekin MLU or the Delivery Suite at the Women and Children's Centre had any births overnight as a result of the closure".

Repairs would take longer than initially anticipated, but all women due to give birth had been notified, the Shrewsbury and Telford trust said.

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Anyone in labour will be asked to make their way to either Wrekin Midwife Led Unit or the Consultant Led Unit at the Telford hospital.

The trust said its maintenance team was confident repairs would be finished by 12:00 BST on Wednesday so services could be fully restored.

Head of midwifery Sarah Jamieson said the trust would like to "apologise for this unpredictable short term closure and that the repairs are taking a short while longer than initially anticipated".

Calls had been diverted so women had 24/7 access to a midwife, the trust said.

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