By Steve Haynes:
In acknowledgement of strength of feeling and numbers in the audience, discussions on the MIU were extended from the original allocation of 10 minutes allocated on the agenda to 45 minutes.
Councillor Parsons described how he had been engaging with the MIU situation, and commented on the previous ‘lamentable’ state of communications from health officials.
He also focused on the present alternatives to overnight services at Stratton, and attempts to improve the 111 service so that callers could access a Doctor. If those calling could not get to anywhere else, or the Doctor could not get to them, then he/she could direct them to Stratton Hospital and treat them there.
There was much comment and personal evidence from the audience about the previous poor performance of the 111 service, (and the poor response times of ambulances) and that this was far short of a 24 hour doctor-led MIU. Councillor Parsons agreed that Bude and the surrounding parishes needed some form of an ‘enhanced overnight service’.
A spokesperson for the ‘Save Stratton MIU’ campaign commented that, ‘We are further from an A&E department than anywhere else in England. We need Stratton MIU Overnight Services urgently reinstated, and the hospital upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre, like those being promised to other areas of Cornwall who have better access to services than we do.’
There was also a suggestion that the MIU could be brought into the main Stratton hospital and situated in a presently unused bay of four spare beds to address issues of nighttime isolation that potentially discouraged nurses from employment in the MIU.
After many searching questions, it was proposed that the next Bude Community Network Panel Meeting on Monday 8th July should be entirely devoted to Stratton MIU and key officials from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust should be invited in order to answer public questions and discuss solutions to this ongoing situation.
You may wish to read this report. https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/research/focus-on-distance-from-home-for-emergency-care
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