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Hornsea Cottage Hospital: Unit's closure to be reviewed

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Image caption The proposed plans would see the closure of the minor injuries unit at Hornsea Cottage Hospital

Plans to make changes to minor injuries units (MIU) in East Yorkshire are to be reviewed by the government.

In March, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced it would shut the unit at Hornsea Cottage Hospital and downgrade the units at Driffield and Withernsea.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has now referred the proposals to an independent panel of experts.

Anti-closure campaigners have welcomed the review.

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Demonstrations have been held outside the threatened hospitals with protesters claiming all the units were needed in a rural area.

Withernsea-based GP Dr Robert Blackbourn said he hoped campaigners' views would be taken into account.

"I think we're all very happy about the news that someone is going to have a chance to have another look at this and assess whether what we are saying is correct," he said.

The Independent Reconfiguration Panel will assess whether the closures would deprive local people of fair health care. It could order the CCG to come up with alternative proposals.

The CCG said about 13,500 patients a year attended the three units.

The proposed changes would see patients travelling to urgent care centres at Beverley, Bridlington and Goole or booking an appointment for "low level minor injuries" at the units at Driffield and Withernsea.

Jane Hawkard, chief officer of the CCG, said: "We remain confident the decisions made by our governing body in March seek to provide an improved urgent care offer across the East Riding and are, we believe, clinically appropriate given all of the evidence reviewed by the CCG."

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