The Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at Cannock Chase Hospital will close temporarily from Wednesday 18 March 2020 to help staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust provide safe services to seriously ill patients needing urgent care at New Cross Hospital.
This decision has been made as part of a planned strategy to help the Trust cope with extra pressures and demands being faced as a result of COVID-19.
The temporary MIU closure will allow hospital bosses to redeploy experienced emergency nurse practitioners to provide enhanced support where it is clinically most needed – caring for seriously ill patients needing urgent care at New Cross Hospital.
“These extra staff will make a real difference,” said Gwen Nuttall, Chief Operating Officer at the Trust.
“We have a duty to provide safe and timely care to our patients - this decision will help us achieve that,” added Gwen.
The Trust is reminding people that they should ring NHS 111 or visit a local pharmacy for advice relating to minor injuries or ailments.