The Minor Injuries Unit at Crowborough Hospital will only open five-days-a-week in March. The NHS Trust which operators the MIU have said this is to allow for transition to a new, more robust, staffing model and that seven-day-a-week opening will resume in April.
From next week the service will not be open on Tuesdays or Thursdays until the week commencing 3rd April when the unit will go back to being open 7 days a week. The dates of closure will be:
- Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th March
- Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th March
- Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd March
- Tuesday 28th and Thursday 30th March
Local residents are encouraged to use the Minor Injuries Unit at nearby Uckfield Community Hospital on the days that Crowborough MIU is closed.
Richard Curtin, Chief Operating Officer at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said:
We have not taken this decision lightly but these changes are designed to minimise the disruption for local people whilst we put the MIU on a much firmer footing for the future.
This temporary change allows us to make adjustments to our rota that will deal with long-term staffing shortages.
These temporary measures are part of changes which include recruitment of two additional Emergency Nurse Practitioners who will start working at Crowborough MIU for the beginning of April, with a further two nurses scheduled to start in May.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust took over the delivery of Crowborough MIU in November 2015. They have been working since then to create a more stable and sustainable service.
Crowborough MIU is staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners and experienced Healthcare Assistants. It provides assessment and treatment of a wide range of minor injuries in both adults and children. Following assessment patients may be treated and discharged or, if appropriate, referred onto other health care providers. Details of the conditions treated by the MIU can be found at www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk.