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Press release – October 15 2019
The Minor Injury Units at Ross and Leominster community hospitals are to close temporarily during the winter to help Wye Valley NHS Trust provide safe services to seriously ill patients needing urgent care at Hereford County Hospital.
This mirrors last year’s decision and has been made as part of a planned strategy to help the Trust cope with winter pressures.
The temporary MIU closures will allow hospital bosses to redeploy experienced emergency nurse practitioners to provide enhanced support where it is clinically most needed – caring for seriously sick patients needing urgent care at Hereford County Hospital.
“These extra staff will make a real difference,” said Jon Barnes, Chief operating officer at the Trust.
The Emergency Department regularly sees more than 200 patients a day. During the last 12 months the Trust has seen 60,560 patients in the Emergency Department – an increase of 5,000 compared to 12 months ago.
The Trust’s main concern is the safety of patients with acute and emergency conditions ensuring that they are assessed, diagnosed and treated rapidly
“We have a duty to provide safe and timely care to our patients - this decision will help us achieve that,” added Jon.
The Minor Injury Units will close for the winter period from Monday, November 4. All other services at Ross and Leominster community hospitals will continue as normal.
The Trust is reminding people that they should ring NHS 111, contact their GP practice or visit a local pharmacy for advice relating to minor injuries or ailments.
Note to Editors:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona gurney/Amanda Millichip, Communications officers 01432 355444 ext. 5105.