Minehead unit closes overnight

The announcement had been anticipated. Bridgwater and Somerset West MP, Ian Liddell Grainger has been predicting it. He also angrily opposes it. This morning the Somerset NHS Foundation trust announced the Minehead minor injuries unit would close overnight. This is now a permanent closure. The MIU was temporarily closed overnight until 1 April. This decision means it will not now reopen overnight.

The MIU service that is open during core hours from 8am – 9pm seven days a week, 365 days a year, will remain. The Trust claim there are no plans to change it. The Trust say that during core hours the MIU is well used. It provides a full clinical service led by emergency nurse practitioners and supported by other clinicians such as specialist physiotherapists and paramedic practitioners. Working together they provide a full clinical service.

Dr Dan Meron, Chief Medical Officer for Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We first closed the Minehead MIU temporarily overnight from 1 July 2021 because we had concerns about the safety of the overnight service – and those concerns remain. The Trust Board has taken the difficult decision to permanently reduce the hours of the MIU in Minehead because of those concerns and because the overnight service does not meet the needs of the local population. However, we have heard what local people have told us about access to urgent care services overnight and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is leading work to look at how the local NHS can meet this need in a safe and sustainable way.”

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