Maintenance at maternity unit

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A FOUR-MONTH programme of maintenance and deep cleaning work has started at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing maternity hospital.

The planned programme will mean some areas are noisier than normal, but managers say the work should not cause too much disruption to staff, mothers and babies.

Dotty Watkins, head of midwifery at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We have carefully planned how the impact of the work will be managed to limit disruption to patients and our services.

“There are times when some parts of the labour unit will be temporarily unavailable, but plans are in place to ensure enough beds remain available during busy periods.

“Contingency plans are also in place if we do have an unforeseen rise in the number of women going into labour.”