NHS to address concerns over minor injuries unit

Honiton Town Council meet with NHS to discuss the overnight closures of Honiton Community Hospital’s minor injuries unit.

NHS Devon is to address concerns over the continued overnight closure of Honiton Community Hospital’s minor injuries unit.

Honiton Town Council met with NHS commissioners and senior managers of Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to seek reassurances that the 24-hour service would be reinstated as soon as possible.

Councillors voiced concerns over the extension of temporary over-night closures due to staffing problems.

A statement from the town council said: “NHS Devon is committed to the minor injury unit at Honiton Hospital and is working with Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to help address the ongoing problems of staffing the unit on a 24-hour basis.

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“NHS Devon will also be setting up a working group with Honiton Town Council and other interested parties to look at issues relating to minor injury unit services.”

Town Mayor, Councillor Vernon Whitlock added: “Honiton Hospital is a valued facility that serves not only Honiton but also a large part of East Devon.

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“Having a 24-hour minor injury unit provides a valuable service and is a reassurance to many local people.

“It is good to know that the NHS is committed to continuing the service.”

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