PLANS have been revealed to reduce the overnight service at Sir Robert Peel Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit, meaning that the unit will be unavailable to public for 11 hours each night.
Members of Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier and Safer Scrutiny Committee will this week be formally informed of the plans.
A representative from the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be attending the meeting at Marmion House on Thursday, September 17, to speak to councillors about the CCG’s proposals for future provision at the town’s community hospital.
The commissioning group is recommending that the current 24-hour service ceases to operate between the hours of 9pm and 8am. In its report on the proposals, the CCG cited low attendance figures of the Minor Injuries Unit during the overnight period (seeing on average one patient every two hours) and a duplication of services.
If the plans are approved, patients would be diverted to the Pharmacy Common Ailments Service, Out of Hours GP service – which runs at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital between 6.30pm and 8am Monday to Friday and 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays – NHS 111 telephone service, or to their main A&E department at Burton or Good Hope hospitals.
Similar proposals have been put forward for the Minor Injuries Unit at Samuel Johnson Hospital in Lichfield.
Cllr Andrew James, Chairman of Tamworth Borough Council’s Healthier and Safer Scrutiny Committee, said: “South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular CCG are attending Thursday’s scrutiny meeting to present the rationale behind their proposed changes to the Minor Injuries Unit at Sir Robert Peel Hospital.
“It is important for members of the committee, as both elected members for Tamworth and residents who may use the MIU, to understand the business case ahead of the CCG’s public consultation – which is expected to run from September 21 to October 18.
“It is also important to emphasise that the proposed changes to the opening hours are being put forward by South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular CCG and not Tamworth Borough Council.”
The Healthier and Safer Scrutiny Committee meeting takes place at 6pm on Thursday, September 17, in Marmion House, Lichfield Street. Although the meeting is open to members of the public, who may attend to watch the proceedings, questions can not be taken from visitors on this occasion.