Minor Injuries Unit to stay at Spalding hospital
Spalding's Johnson Community Hospital will not lose its Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) under a sweeping overhaul of NHS services.
Health chiefs unveiled plans to councillors on Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee showing the MIU is due to be redesignated as a GP Extended Access Hub with bookable appointments via 111.
But South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes received assurances from South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group on Friday that the MIU will stay open.
After speaking to the CCG's chief operating officer Andrew Rix, Sir John said: "There are no plans to reduce the service at Johnson Community Hospital in any way, including the MIU.
"The MIU will be retained with no loss of service and no reduction in what it does now.
"Furthermore, I have pressed the CCG to build and grow the services at Johnson Community Hospital rather than reduce them."
Sir John says his wife and two sons have had treatment in the MIU, receiving excellent care, and he's sure other families have had similar experiences.
South Holland District Council chairman Rodney Grocock, also a county councillor, is opposed to the loss of the MIU.
Coun Grocock said: "Four county councillors including myself are putting together a letter to object to the closure of the Minor Injuries Unit, but since Sir John had already been told that the unit won’t close, I will speak to my colleagues to see what they want to do next."
Last week, we asked health chiefs to spell out the differences in services between a MIU and a GP Extended Access Hub, and were told the final clinical models of service are yet to be decided.
Mr Rix told the Free Press on Friday: "As previously stated, the vision within these proposals is to enhance current service provision.
"The minor injuries function will not be lost and will be part of the enhanced provision at Johnson (Community) Hospital.
"Exact clinical models are still being agreed, but the introduction of new Urgent Treatment Centres in the county, along with GP Extended Access Hubs, will standardise the confusing range of options and simplify the services to meet patient need."
The proposed redesignation of the MIU was mentioned in a report to Health Scrutiny focussing on the launch of Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) at hospitals in Boston, Lincoln, Louth and Skegness - Stamford would also get a UTC provided by an out of county health body.
Last week, Ruth Cumbers, the urgent care director for Lincolnshire, said: "Our vision within these proposals is to enhance current service provision.
"In Spalding, current demand indicates a GP Extended Access Hub will meet the needs of the local population.
"The introduction of new Urgent Treatment Centres in the county, along with GP Extended Access Hubs, will standardise the confusing range of options and simplify the services to meet patient need.
"We believe these proposals are the right thing to do for the people of Lincolnshire."