Minor Injuries Unit sees big rise in patients
Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit has seen a big increase in the number
of patients requesting treatment due to the ongoing closure of Weston Hospital's A&E
each night and rising waiting times at local GP services.
has resulted in the number of patients at Burnham-On-Sea Hospital
in Love Lane "shooting up".
Spilsbury, Chairman of The Friends of Burnham Hospital, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Over the last 12 months the Local Health Service has seen
several changes due to the overall pressures on urgent and unscheduled
care, which are reflected nationally."
the closure of the Accident and Emergency Department in Weston Hospital
overnight and the increasing pressures on general practices, due
to the difficulties in employing new general practitioners, has
resulted in Burnham's MIU seeing and treating a greater number of
patients, many with acute and urgent conditions that under ideal
conditions, would be handled by a dedicated centre."
numbers of patients treated has shot up and this small unit in Burnham
now finds itself busier than ever."
added: "The Trust has recently increased the operating hours
at Burnham; and the unit is now open eight hours a day all year
Minor Injuries Unit is open every day 10am-6pm with the last registration
of patients at 5.30pm. The unit provides a walk-in-service for patients
with minor injuries and illness.
Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department is temporarily shut
between 10pm and 8am each day while it tries to recruit extra staff.
extra demand was confirmed during the unveiling of a new piece of
medical equipment on Monday (December 18th).
added: "With more patients visiting the hospital with ever-greater
needs, it became apparent that a better way of retrieving patients
that had 'collapsed' in the hospital and the immediate grounds was
very simple answer was available, but not through our Local Trust,
and as a result the Friends were asked if they would provide a Scoop
Stretcher is very light, adjustable and can easily be taken by one
person anywhere on the Hospital site. "It simply opens, slides
under the patient and then staff can transfer the patient into the
minor injury unit for assessment and treatment."
Friends of the Hospital are always looking for people who are willing
to help. If you would like to make a donation it can be done via
or simply be left in the MIU/Outpatients Department at the Hospital
in an envelope marked FAO of the Friends of The Hospital Treasurer.
Bernard Spilsbury (Chairman) and Ceri Joyce (Publicity) handing
over the Stretcher to Mike Paynter (Consultant Nurse with Somerset
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and Penny Cotton (Emergency Nurse