Ross minor injuries unit back open Monday-Friday

First published in News Hereford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

ROSS-on-Wye minor injuries unit has its staff back, but they may well be outnumber patients.

Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) confirmed this morning that the unit now had enough staff to support 8.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday opening again.

Based at Ross Community Hospital, the partially reopened earlier this month from Tuesday to Thursday.

The units at Ross and Leominster were shut in May so staff could help cover A&E at Hereford County Hospital.

As reported by the Hereford Times, the future for both faces review  with their attendances falling to as few as five patients a day.

The WVT board has been told that the need for this review is "increasingly urgent" as low patient numbers make the units too costly to operate.

WVT currently has a contractual obligation to provide the units which have already had their hours cut and were previously shut as recently as January to ease the pressure on A&E

The MIUs at Kington and Ledbury average between 3-4 patients a day despite being open 24 hours and at weekends - but they are not operated by WVT.

A&E at Hereford is currently seeing as many as 180 patients a day - despite being built to take a daily maximum of 125.

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