The press release below was issued on Wednesday and I subsequently rang John Finn from the East Devon clinical commissioning group (CCG).  The CCG had made the arranagements for cover following Northern Devon Healthcare Trust’s (which run community hospitals in Devon) notification that a new member of staff who needed training elsewhere, meant that the unit had to be closed for three months and patients redirected to Coleridge Medical Centre for treatment.

I have to say it is all a bit last minute – the press release was issued the day before the change took effect and Mr Finn on Wednesday, assured me that a notice was placed on the door as of Wednesday to redirect people to Coleridge Medical Centre.

Any questions about staffing Mr Finn said was a question for Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, as the organisation that runs the hospital.

Although it is reassuring that the service will be continuing, I find the the last minute nature of the change a bit unsettling and look forward to the service resuming at the hospital, in November.

Here’s the press release: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Minor injuries services for people in Ottery St Mary are to be temporarily provided by the Coleridge Medical Centre for three months from August.

The minor injuries unit at Ottery St Mary, which is run by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT), will transfer over to the GP practice from 1 August to allow for newly recruited staff to be trained at the hospital.

The service will continue to be run from 9am – 1pm, Monday to Friday, and outside these hours people will still be signposted to the nearby Honiton Hospital MIU. John Finn, managing director of the Eastern Locality of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said he was pleased the local GP practice was able to step in to make sure the town continued to have minor injuries provision while staff training took place at the hospital.

“When NDHT informed us of the operational need for training for new staff recruits we contacted the local GP practice to see if it would be able to provide an identical minor injuries service for three months.

“We are pleased that the Coleridge Medical Centre confirmed it was able to provide the service from 1 August, the day after the service at the hospital is temporarily closed.

“We will make sure local people are made aware of the temporary change by placing posters around the town.”

People should visit the minor injuries services if they have the following ailments:

• cuts, grazes and wounds
• sprains, strains, muscle or joint injury
• broken bones (fractures),
• a skin complaint – bite or sting (including human bites), unexplained rash or even severe sunburn
• a minor infection which needs treating
• emergency contraception
• minor head injury
• eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in their eye.