West Lincoln Memorial Hospital's maternity ward now sits quiet

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One of Niagara's busiest maternity wards, now sits quiet.

Babies will no longer be born at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, unless it is a booked C-section.

Officials with Hamilton Health Sciences say the hospital only has one operating room available until fall 2020 as renovations continue, and that has resulted in some 'difficult decisions.'

The ER, day clinics, inpatient care and diagnostics are not affected by the renovations, but and low-risk labour and deliveries are being moved to nearby hospitals.

Elective C-sections and gynecological surgeries will continue at the hospital.

The PC Ford government committed to rebuilding the hospital last year with $500,000 in funding going to planning, and 8.5 million dollars in immediate upgrades.

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff has told CKTB 'residents should stay tuned for good news' regarding the hospital this fall.

“We know how important obstetrical services are to the community, which is why we exhausted every option to keep the service here. Although there will be some changes for patients and providers, the planning group agreed on a model that is the best option in difficult circumstances. When we are approved for our OR renovation, we plan on returning to full obstetrical, OR, and endoscopy services at WLMH.” Dr. Mat Noble Wohlgemut, WLMH Interim Medical Lead