PREGNANT women will not be able to give birth at Ingleside Birth and Community Centre in Salford for around a three month period, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed.

The Trust has said the decision has been made due to "increased pressure on NHS staff" with all planned births moved to the Princess Anne Maternity Unit at Royal Bolton Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: "As a result of the changing situation with coronavirus we regrettably will not be able to offer women the option to have their baby at Ingleside Birth and Community Centre in Salford for around a three month period.

"This is not a decision we take easily, as we understand that this will be disappointing for the women and their families who were booked to have their baby there."

The Trust confirmed that antenatal appointments would continue at Ingleside, and it will continue to be used as a community hub unless the situation develops.

"During this period of increased pressure on NHS staff, the temporary move of all planned births to the Princess Anne Maternity Unit at Royal Bolton Hospital will free up our midwives to ensure they are delivering the best possible care at every stage throughout a woman’s pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period," said the Trust.

"Women receiving care at Ingleside from Bolton midwives will continue to be cared for at Ingleside by the Ingleside midwifery team in the ante natal and post natal period and be supported to plan their birth at hospital.

"Should you have any questions about planning the birth of your baby, please contact your Ingleside midwife on 0161 357 1006 between 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.

"If you have any other concerns about your pregnancy, please contact Triage on 01204 390612. Details of all the contacts will also be in your pregnancy information pack."

For the most up-to-date information on coronavirus and pregnancy, visit www.gov.uk or www.rcog.org.uk