Rossendale Minor Injuries Unit to stay open for at least another three years (From This Is Lancashire)
Rossendale Minor Injuries Unit to stay open for at least another three years
3:21pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
STAFF at Rossendale Minor Injuries Unit were celebrating yesterday after health chiefs agreed to keep the unit open for the next three years at least.
The service, operated by East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS), has been funded on a trial basis since April 2012, but health chiefs have now pledged to tender the contract again.
High numbers of patients have used the nurse-led unit, with an overwhelming majority saying they were pleased with their treatment.
Bosses at ELMS, a private but non-profit organisation, said they ‘couldn’t be happier’ about being given the chance to bid for the new contract.
Chief executive Diane Ridgway added: “ELMS are delighted with the decision, it proves the pilot was a success.
“The number of compliments from patients this team receive on a weekly basis is true testimony to the quality of the care they deliver.
“I am very proud of the staff at MIU Rossendale - they have worked hard over the past 18 months, and now deserve some stability.
The unit, based within Rossendale Primary Healthcare Centre in Rawtenstall, will remain open from 8am to 8pm while the tendering process is completed.
It costs £460,000 per year to run, with about a third of the cost covered by potential savings where people have not needed to attend A&E elsewhere.
There will be no extra cash offered in the new contract, however, which could affect the opening hours.
Dr Diane van Ruitenbeek, chair of the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, which extended the contract, said: “We are investing in this service because it offers quality care in a location which is valued by local people.”
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