Swanage MIU to continue with slightly reduced opening hours

5th October 2023

The minor injuries unit at Swanage Hospital will continue to run with slightly reduced opening hours while staffing issues are addressed.

In the summer the opening hours at the MIU, run by Dorset HealthCare, were reduced on a temporary basis from 8am to 8pm to 9am to 6pm. Staffing shortages impacted the NHS trust’s ability to run the unit for longer hours.

Although the unit was due to revert to 8am-8pm in September, a review of staffing has led to a decision to maintain the current arrangements through to the end of March 2024.

Jane Elson, Service Director for Integrated Community Services, said: “We really value this service and know how important it is to the community – we value their support and fully understand their concern about this change.

“We reluctantly took this decision to ensure our hard-working staff are supported to run the unit safely and effectively. We aim to extend the hours again when it is safe to do so.”

A review of the number of people attending the MIU during the additional hours (8-9am and 6-8pm) for the two years from April 2021 to March 2023 shows that on average there were between 1 and 5 people attending during these hours each day.

The figures also show that demand tends to be lower at these times during winter, reflecting the increase in the summer population in Swanage.

People can still access care during these hours via the 111 service and other MIUs such as Wimborne, where longer opening hours are available. The Urgent Treatment Centre at Poole Hospital is also available.

People needing urgent medical attention or advice should always call 111 (or visit 111.nhs.uk) in the first instance. If face-to-face treatment is needed, staff will make an appointment at the nearest appropriate NHS site as quickly as possible. In an emergency or life-threatening circumstances people should ring 999.

Find out more information on the MIUs in Dorset.

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