Queen Mary’s Hospital in London, UK, is to temporarily close its emergency and maternity departments due to staff shortages.
Hospital managers said that the closures are necessary to avoid public safety risks due to a a shortage of midwives, middle grade and junior grade doctors during the winter months.
The emergency department is to close by the end of November and the maternity ward when it is practical.
Staff in these units will move to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich and Princess Royal in Farnborough.
The decision follows a safety review at South London Healthcare NHS Trust.