As you all know, the minor injury unit at Stratton was temporarily closed overnight when the Trust was unable to recruit enough nurses to safely staff the unit.
Now, an exciting new service model which is being described as a Community Treatment Centre will open its ‘virtual’ doors to its first patients on Friday 23 August 2019. The new service can be accessed by calling 111 and will be available between 10 pm and 8 am every day.
The new service has been developed in partnership with the local community, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Kernow Health CIC which provides the county’s urgent care service – NHS Cornwall 111 and the service will be provided by staff from Kernow Health CIC working from Stratton Community Hospital.
The plan is that an out-of-hours Doctor or a Nurse Practitioner will be based at Stratton MIU between the hours of 10 pm and 8 am. In calling 111, patients will be advised further if they need to be seen; they are then able to then make an appointment to visit Stratton Hospital. This will hopefully reduce trips to NDDH, Derriford or Treliske.
Kernow Health CIC, Chief Executive – Carolyn Andrews said: “We are excited to trial the new service for people in the far north of Cornwall. Our clinicians will work at Stratton hospital to ensure patients are seen by the right practitioner and are able to stay closer to home to receive their treatment and advice.
“The practitioner’s additional skills will allow patients to access both the out of hours GP service and treatment for minor injuries outside the normal hours of the minor injury unit.”
Phil Confue, Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We hope this new model will maximise the impact of our shared resources for the people of Stratton, Bude and the wider area including those over the border in Devon. We will work with the local community to test and evaluate the Community Treatment Centre; if successful, our goal will be to make the service permanent.”
The Community Treatment Centre will initially be in place until the end of March 2020.
The Trust confirmed has confirmed it will continue to recruit nurses to work locally, where necessary supporting them to complete the additional minor injury training while the Community Treatment Centre model is tested.