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THE CITY’S maternity centre has had to be temporarily closed because of a broken boiler.

Portsmouth Maternity Centre, based on the St Mary’s Hospital site in Milton, will be closed this weekend as it has not hot water.

Julie Dawes, director of nursing, said: ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances the boiler that heats the hot water supply has broken.

‘Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s estates department is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

‘The parts to repair the boiler, which are not available locally, have been ordered and we anticipate they will arrive over the weekend and expect the centre to re-open in the early part of next week.’

Women will not be able to give birth at the centre today and tomorrow and will instead have to go to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, or one of the midwife-led centres in Gosport or Petersfield.