IT is likely to take until September to get through a major backlog in birth registrations, Renfrewshire Council has said.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the council was forced to suspend its registration service in March, with some parents having to wait almost four months to log the birth of their new child.

Staff only began tackling an accumulation of new arrivals at the end of last month, gradually registering births in order of occurrence.

Since then, registrars have managed to log almost 140 but bosses have said it is going to take several more weeks to get through the rest.

Councillor John Shaw, convener of finance, resources and customer services, said there was a lot of work for registrars still to get through but thanked the whole team for their efforts in helping the service play catch-up.

He added: “Our registrars have done a fantastic job so far to catch up with the backlog of birth registrations caused by the current pandemic and ensure new parents can now officially bring their little ones into the world.

“As the registration of births was paused for almost four months, our team have a lot of work to get through but I’m proud of how they quickly they have been able to carry out registrations and the care they have shown for our new parents.

“We would encourage anyone who needs to register their child to get in touch with us to make an appointment.”

A total of 1,101 babies were born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH), in Paisley, during the lockdown period.

However, not all youngsters born there end up being registered in Renfrewshire, so council staff do not anticipate the backlog being as large as that.

Babies born up to May 31 are currently in the process of being registered, while youngsters who arrived between then and June 15 should be logged from August 3.

Little ones born between June 15 and June 30 are set to be registered from August 10, while those born between June 30 and August 15 will be logged from August 17.

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