Minor Injuries Units to reopen

Bideford Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is to reopen in early October, and Ilfracombe MIU will also reopen in the coming months.

Both facilities were closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that highly skilled MIU staff could be redeployed to the Emergency Department at North Devon District Hospital. Staff shortages caused by staff self-isolating and the need to keep COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients safely apart in the Emergency Department meant NDHT needed the support of their MIU teams.

Pete Adey, Chief Operating Officer for NDHT, said: “It was a significant decision for our community MIUs and careful consideration was given, but doing so continued to preserve our 24/7 emergency and urgent care services at NDDH and ensured the safety of patients and the staff working in these services.

“We have been in conversation with NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group in terms of when we are going to reopen the MIUs, and I am pleased to say we will be looking to reopen Bideford MIU at the start of October and we hope this will be shortly followed by the reopening of our X-Ray services. Bideford is our busiest MIU and we know that this news will be warmly received by patients and our primary care colleagues. In terms of Ilfracombe, we are working on plans to reopen its MIU and will have an update soon.

“I would like to end by extending a public message of thanks to our staff who to continue to be flexible and go over and above to ensure we are ready to care for our patients.”

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