Minor Injuries Unit to open at Stafford's County Hospital on Monday

A Minor Injuries Unit for under 16s will open at Stafford's County Hospital on Monday.

A&E services for children were suspended in August over safety concerns, with youngsters being taken to the Royal Stoke or New Cross in Wolverhampton for treatment. 

A full review of Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital by The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health will continue into 2017.

From next week the Minor Injuries Unit will be used to treat children for head injuries, limb injuries, wounds, sprains, bruises, and fractures.

The Unit will be staffed at all times by two nurses from the Children’s Emergency Centre and Emergency Department, who will rotate to the Royal Stoke when not at County Hospital to improve and maintain their competency.

The Trust anticipates that this unit will see up to 80% of patients that were previously seen at the CEC and attendances.

Dr Ann Marie Morris, Emergency Medicine Consultant and Clinical Director, said: “I’m pleased we have been able to launch this service safely and swiftly following the temporary suspension of the Children’s Emergency Centre.

"The decision in August was difficult but the correct one for patients. However, it was important to provide a safe service at County Hospital as quickly as possible.

"The majority of children who would have been seen in the Children’s Emergency Centre will be able to access the service in Stafford.

“All of the staff in Emergency Medicine have worked hard to launch this service and I want to thank them for their efforts. We’ll be continuing to work with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to ascertain whether a full Children’s Emergency Centre service can resume.”

The Trust announced last week that Rapid Access Clinics for children have returned to County Hospital, to provide next-day appointments with specialist children's doctors. 


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