>Temporary closure of Shrewsbury MLU

Temporary closure of Shrewsbury MLU

15 February 2017

Shrewsbury Midwife-Led Unit (MLU) will be closed temporarily this weekend to allow essential maintenance work to take place.

The MLU at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be closed from 5pm on Friday (17 February) until 8pm on Sunday (19 February) due to on-going refurbishment work being undertaken at the Copthorne Building, which houses the unit.

The work being undertaken involves isolating the water supply, which means it would not be practical for the unit to remain open.

All expectant mothers booked in at Shrewsbury MLU, who are 37 weeks pregnant or more, or those who have antenatal appointments at the unit, are being contacted and offered alternative arrangements, including birth at another MLU, at the Consultant-Led Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, or a home birth. Antenatal appointments have been offered at home.

Anthea Gregory-Page, Deputy Head of Midwifery at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.

“The work that is being undertaken is essential for the refurbishment of the Copthorne Building and is being carried out at a time when it will cause the least disruption possible to all of the services housed there.

“We would like to thank the women who use Shrewsbury MLU for their understanding.”

Patients wishing to discuss their options can call 01743 261216.  From 5pm on Friday (17 February) until 8pm on Sunday (19 February), all calls to this number will be re-directed.