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Injuries Unit Shut to Support Under Pressure Hospital

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7:02am 8th March 2013

Other hospital staff are being drafted in to help Treliske cope with Norovirus and a rise in emergency admissions.

It means Falmouth Minor Injuries Unit will shut for the weekend as two workers are transferred for each shift.

Ironically the staff shortage at the company that runs it is partly responsible for the delayed discharges at the Royal Cornwall which led to a major incident being declared earlier this week.

Normally some patients would be transferred from Treliske to community hospitals but some of those beds are shut because Peninsula Community Health can not find enough staff to run them all.

That has led to some of the highest levels of delayed discharges or "bed blocking" in years.

The transferred staff will help treat patients in A&E.

The closest available Minor Injury Units to Falmouth are located at: Camborne Redruth Community Hospital (8am-10pm, open seven days) and Helston Community Hospital (8am-8pm, open seven days).

Kevin Baber, Chief Executive of Peninsula Community Health said: "Whilst we acknowledge the short term possible disruption closing Falmouth MIU over the weekend might bring, I would like to reassure patients and staff that we have taken this action in the best overall interests of patient care.

"I would like to thank the staff at Falmouth MIU, patients and members of the public for their cooperation and support."

7:02am 8th March 2013

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