Mums-to-be face ordeal of epic A9 journeys

By Laura Paterson

Published: 12/02/2014

A STAFFING crisis at the main hospital in Caithness could force more mothers-to-be to take 100-mile trips down the twisting A9 to give birth in Inverness.

NHS Highland admitted yesterday that the situation in the obstetric department at Caithness General Hospital in Wick is “very precarious” and the service is “fragile”.

The staff shortage has raised fears in the community that the six-bed unit could be under threat of closure again.

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