Published: 12/07/2018 12:46 - Updated: 12/07/2018 12:54

NHS host maternity unit drop-in session

An historic landmark in Elgin, the old frontage of Dr Gray's Hospital, which is about to get an internal revamp.A DROP-IN session is taking place today over the downgrading of Moray's maternity unit.

NHS Grampian are hosting the first in a series of public engagement sessions at Elgin Town Hall with the event running until 8pm this evening.

The health board announced last week that medium or high risk pregnancies will be transferred to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness or Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

In the event of a complication at Dr Gray's during a low-risk birth, a consultant will be on call to intervene before the transfer to Raigmore could be made safely.

Dr Jamie Hogg, Dr Gray's divisional clinical director, said: "These types of complications are extremely rare during low risk pregnancies but we hope that this will offer people the additional reassurance that should someone require urgent, lifesaving consultant intervention during labour at Dr Gray's then it can be provided."

Members of the public can visit Elgin Town Hall until 8pm this evening.

Dr Hogg added: "This is a chance to meet hospital and management staff and ask questions of the team directly in a way you are comfortable with.

"Come along and you will be offered the chance to speak directly to staff either one on one with a member of staff or as part of a small group."

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