The website Cornish Stuff tells us that Stratton Minor Injuries Unit will ‘temporarily’ close at night starting on 7th December. The Unit will open from 8am – 10pm largely due to a shortage of nurses. The Trust believes that, having reviewed user rates, the impact will be minimal.
The Cornwall HNS Trust website says:
The hospital’s minor injury unit is run by highly skilled nurses who are available to treat a range of minor conditions. If you are unsure whether your injury can be treated here, NHS 111 is available to provide further advice. The unit is also able to treat minor illnesses.
We’ve had a number of comments on our Facebook page.
1st how long is temporarily? If it’s a day, a week even a month, well still risky but ok. 2nd why is it to close even for a short while? And then over both these questions is the fact that this hospital is crucial to everyone that lives around here. Lives COULD be at risk or changed for forever. I didn’t live here when my Husband was taken extremely and suddenly ill at midnight one night. Thankfully, there were 2 city hospitals no more than 12 miles away. If the ambulance had had to travel 40 miles to the nearest hospital I know the outcome would have been very different. The medical services we have received here have been fantastic please, please, don’t close our Hospital.
This is awful. My son has asthma which is often worse at night, we have been to Stratton for a nebuliser several times over the years and they have saved him from having major attacks. Now this would mean a 35 mile trip to Barnstaple. God knows how bad he’d be by then. It’s shocking news.
The Mayor for Bude & Stratton, Bob Willingham, said he was “disgusted” by the news.
Many are suggesting that decisions like this should focus on patient care, not cost, and a number are asking how temporary is temporary? Is winter a great time to cut hours? The cynics among us feel this may be the start of a decline in medical services in the area.
Do share your thoughts.