STRUCTURE: A clinical commissioning group has decided to reopen a minor injury unit at weekends, after its opening was limited by its predecessor primary care trust.
Malton Minor Injuries Unit – at the town’s hospital - has been closed at weekends and evenings as a cost cutting measure since December. North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust took the decision as it tried to cut its deficit.
A Scarborough and Ryedale CCG April board paper confirmed it had decided to reopen it at weekends. It will remain closed in the evenings when demand is lower.
However, the CCG said it wanted addition information before it could make a decision on how the unit would operate, its final opening hours, and when these would take effect.
A report to the board said there was confusion among members of the public about what the MIU did and whether children could be treated there. Many patients said they accessed the MIU because of problems seeing their own GPs, the report said.
It is considering options including a GP presence in the unit, together with a nurse, until 1pm each day; and a more nurse-led service, with patients encouraged to see their own GP where appropriate.
Simon Cox, accountable officer for NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, said: “Although we have yet to reach a final decision around the finer detail for the provision of the MIU, I am pleased we are able to commit to reinstating the MIU service at weekends as this was the main concern raised by members of the public.
“We will endeavour to reach an agreement and implement it as soon as possible.”