Minor injuries cuts will be deep for Tyrone A&E
A decision to reduce the number of hours at the minor injuries unit at South Tyrone Hospital could see overstretched A&E wards in the Southern Health Trust area come under even greater pressure, it has been claimed.
Following a Strategic Review of Minor Injuries Units, the trust is understood to be opting for a reduction in the hours of the unit at South Tyrone in a move which is expected to cause an overspill of more than a thousand patients each year.
Local campaigners opposing the change fear it would result in an extra 1,150 patients transferring to Craigavon Area Hospital A&E per year, however, a final decision on the future of the Minor Injuries Unit will be made at the trust board meeting tomorrow.
In the wake of the recent difficulties faced by the Royal Victoria Hospital’s A&E department, which many believe is due to the closure of the A&E department at the City Hospital last year, campaigners fear there would be a dramatic increase in the number of patients travelling to Craigavon Hospital.