Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire hospital units reopen after redeployment

Hereford County Hospital
Hereford County Hospital has had up to 180 patients a day at A&E, the trust said

Two minor injury units are reopening after being shut so staff could be redeployed to an under-pressure accident and emergency unit.

Wye Valley NHS Trust decided to close the two units, at Leominster and Ross-on-Wye community hospitals, in mid-May.

Hereford County Hospital has had up to 180 patients a day at A&E - "unprecedented demand... for this time of the year", the trust said.

Leominster's unit reopened earlier and the Ross unit will open on Tuesday.

Trust chief operating officer Neil Doverty said: "I'd like to apologise for any inconvenience the temporary closure of these two units has caused.

"Our staffing situation has improved and we're now able to fully reopen the MIU [minor injury unit] at Leominster, and to open part-time at Ross-on-Wye, with a view to fully opening the Ross MIU as soon as possible."

The Leominster unit is open from 08:30 BST to 17:30 BST between Mondays and Fridays while the Ross facility will open between the same times on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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