NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Aboyne and Fraserburgh midwife units to close

An expectant mother (generic)
Image caption The new sites would be designed to deal with more complicated births

Plans to change the provision of maternity services in the north east have been given the support of the NHS Grampian board.

It involves closing two midwife-led units at Aboyne and Fraserburgh, and creating new facilities in Peterhead, Inverurie and Aberdeen.

Consultant-led services in Aberdeen and Elgin would remain.

The new sites would be designed to deal with more complicated births which are referred to the two main centres.

Board members were told that 43% of people who took part in a consultation fully supported the proposals while 47% gave partial support.

Total opposition came from 10% of respondents.

Medical director Dr Roelf Dijkhuizen said the proposals would reduce the number of dangerous road transfers when labour has already started but more specialised care is required.

The plan will now go to the Scottish government for final approval.

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