Lib Dems pledge to fight for Yate minor injuries unit

June 30 2015

A PLEDGE has been made by Liberal Democrats on South Gloucestershire Council to try and protect Yate’s minor injuries unit.


A PLEDGE has been made by Liberal Democrats on South Gloucestershire Council to try and protect Yate’s minor injuries unit.
They have responded to a decision by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that a minor injuries unit (MIU) should not be established at Cossham Hospital, despite a local campaign to get such a service.
In his letter to the council outlining the decision, Mr Hunt also mentioned the MIU at Yate, saying its provision had not led to a cut in demand on local accident and emergency services.
Recently there have been suggestions that minor injuries could be treated at enhanced GP surgeries rather than in dedicated units, raising concerns about the future of Yate MIU.
When it opened in 2010, it was to deal with injuries such as scalds, bites, cuts and grazes, as well as sprains and minor head injuries. Staff can also treat arm, lower leg and foot injuries, including broken bones.
But there is some confusion among patients over what can be dealt with and some people turn up with conditions that could be treated by a GP or should involve a hospital visit. There have also been complaints that its X-ray facility is only open on weekdays
Councillor Sue Hope (Lib Dem, Cotswold Edge) said people were worried that the Cossham decision could lead to Yate’s unit being taken away.
She said: “We’ve been clear all along that we want to see an expansion of medical services at Yate, not a cutdown.
“We will fight to protect the Yate MIU, which saves people from making a journey into the city for urgent medical treatments. It’s well used, and popular.
“Can you imagine having to fight your way through rush hour traffic to get to Southmead hospital, or taking an hour-long bus for an A&E visit, just because the local MIU had been closed?”