Brixham community hospital's minor injury unit closed due to staff sickness
Brixham Community Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit is temporarily closed due to staff sickness.
The Hospital's MIU, which is run by Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, is temporarily shut for a brief period while the Trust puts in place alternative staffing arrangements.
All of the Hospital's other services will continue to operate as usual. The MIU provides treatment for less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes and is usually open seven days a week from 8am – 4pm.
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Pat McDonagh, assistant director of community hospitals with the Trust, said: "We would like to apologise for any disruption this temporary closure may cause.
"We would also like to reassure the public that this decision has not been taken lightly - the safety of our patients is our number one priority and the current staffing availability means we cannot guarantee this for our patients at the present time.
"We will reopen the unit as soon as possible."
Posters are being displayed at the Hospital to direct the public to the other local MIU facilities in Paignton, Totnes and Dartmouth as well as Torbay Hospital's Accident and Emergency department where appropriate. Details are also published on the Trust's website www.tsdhc.nhs.uk
There are many additional NHS services available. For general health advice you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or go online at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk. NHS Direct operates a 24-hour health advice and information service, providing confidential information.
If you have an illness or injury that won't go away, make an appointment with your GP or give your GP practice a ring in the first instance.
If you become ill outside of normal surgery hours, the out-of-hours Devon Doctors service should only be contacted for medical problems that cannot wait.
However, if it is an emergency you should not hesitate to call 999 immediately or go to your nearest accident and emergency department.