A minor Injuries Unit in the Moorlands has been temporarily closed due to a staffing shortage. The announcement about the unit at Leek Moorlands Hospital was made on Monday (March 21) by Moorlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).
A minor Injuries Unit in the Moorlands has been temporarily closed due to a staffing shortage.
The announcement about the unit at Leek Moorlands Hospital was made on Monday (March 21) by Moorlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).
A spokesman said on the trust’s Facebook page: “Urgent update about Minor Injuries Unit at Leek Moorlands Hospital.
“It is with great regret that we have to temporarily suspend the service. The unit will not be open this week. Please use the Haywood Walk-In Centre instead.
“Alternatively you can call NHS 111 who will be able to advise on the most suitable service for your needs.
“We are very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause our communities.”
In a press release, posted on the trust’s website a spokesman further added: “Leek’s Nurse-led Minor Injuries unittemporarily suspended.
“It is with great regret, that Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust announces the temporary suspension of services at the Minor Injuries Unit based at Leek Moorlands Hospital.
“Due to the number of staff who are off work due to Covid-19, MPFT has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the services offered by the Leek Minor Injuries Unit and this decision will be reviewed on Monday, March 28.
“Residents of the Moorlands are asked to attend the walk-in centre at the Haywood Hospital.”
Neil Carr, Chief Executive of MPFT, added: “We know this will be a huge disappointment to many who have campaigned for the restoration of the full operating hours.
“The ability to run high quality services safely with adequate staffing will always be the organisation’s priority.
“(For) public record and for the avoidance of doubt, I am 100 per cent committed to Leek Moorlands Hospital and its urgent care services.”
Community leaders in Leek have responded to the temporary closure.
Leek Town Mayor, councillor Lyn Swindlehurst, who is a town and district councillor for Leek North, and who is a member of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), said: “Monday saw the closure of Leek Moorlands Hospital Minor Injuries Unit by Midlands Partnership NHS Trust in response to staffing shortages and low attendance.
“There has been considerable debate with the MPFT and the SMDC Health Overview and Scrutiny panel about the service at the MIU, including patients being turned away before the closure time without being assessed by an appropriate health professional.
“Some of these issues had begin to improve, but this latest blow reinforces the need to ensure local councillors keep this debate ongoing to ensure the MIU is opened as soon as possible, with the restoration of the original opening hours.
“Ill or injured patients should not have to endure a long and difficult journey to the Haywood hospital. Our community should not be disadvantaged.”
Meanwhile, town and district councillor Pam Wood, who has been campaigning for many years to keep Leek Moorlands Hospital open, told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “It looks like Leek is going to suffer every time Midlands Partnership trust run into staffing difficulties.
“This is not the first time Leek Moorlands Minor Injuries has been shut in recent years.
“We are obviously low down on their list of priorities which is why we must keep fighting to keep what healthcare facilities we have left.
“The trust should have been recruiting staff to cover any difficulties caused by the pandemic but I haven’t seen any sign of a recruitment campaign and local people will be reluctant to take jobs at the moment when they know that they could be moved to Stoke-on-Trent at the drop of a hat like they have been in the past.”
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