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Seven Day Service Returns to Malton Minor Injuries Unit


10:39pm 25th April 2013

At its Governing Body meeting held in Scarborough on Wednesday, NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) gave its commitment to reinstating Malton Minor Injuries Unit during the daytime at weekends.

This will result in the MIU being open during the day, seven days a week, but remain closed on evenings when less patients access the service.  

The CCG Governing Body said that whilst it was fully committed to reopening the service at weekends, it needed more robust information to make a decision on the specific details of how the MIU would operate, the exact opening hours and when the changes would take effect.

Simon Cox, Accountable Officer for NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, said: “Although we have yet to reach a final decision around the finer detail for the provision of the MIU, I am pleased we are able to commit to reinstating the MIU service at weekends as this was the main concern raised by members of the public.

“We will endeavour to reach an agreement and implement it as soon as possible.”

The commitment to reinstate the MIU at weekends follows a four-week period of engagement which gave members of the public and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on proposals that were presented at the CCG Governing Body in February.

Over 120 members of the public completed a survey which captured information about their use of the MIU and their views towards the proposal. A number of people also took the opportunity to speak face-to-face with members of the CCG through a number of drop-in sessions held across the Ryedale district.

The summary of the feedback from members of the public, which can be viewed at www.scarboroughryedaleccg.nhs.uk, was largely supportive of the proposal with 57 percent of respondents agreeing that the proposal met their needs.  A further 15 percent were unsure whether the proposal met their needs and 28 percent did not feel the proposal met their needs.

Mr Cox continued: “Another significant issue identified by the survey was that patients are unclear about what the MIU is actually there to do and what types of illness and injury it is able to treat.

“It is therefore essential that our CCG responds to this issue and we will be launching a further piece of work to ensure people have access to information about the health services available to them and when to use them.”

More information about the review of Malton MIU can be found at www.scarboroughryedaleccg.nhs.uk.

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