Port's minor injury unit forced to remain closed because of staff illness
BRIXHAM hospital's minor injuries unit remains partially closed because of long term staff sickness.
The unit is run by Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust who said all of the hospital's other services will continue to operate as usual. Thursday January 24 will see service some temporary service resume.
The MIU provides treatment for less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes, and is usually open seven days a week from 8am until 4pm.
Pat McDonagh, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust's assistant director of community hospitals, said: "We would like to reassure the public 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.
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"We will reopen the unit as soon as possible."
The shortage of staff on the MIU has been blamed on long term sickness. The partial service will run from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday.
Posters are being displayed at the Hospital to direct the public to the other local MIU facilities in Paignton, Totnes and Dartmouth and Torbay Hospital.