Residents of Driffield and the Wolds have joined forces to give their support to the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Driffield’s Alfred Bean Hospital.
The Driffield & Wolds Weekly gave our full backing to a campaign alongside the Driffield Town Council to fight to keep the MIU open Reports emerged last month from the East Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) of a possible closure of the MIU due to financial difficulties and lack of use.
Should a closure come about, then the people of Driffield will have to travel at least 12 miles to either Bridlington or Beverley for emergency medical care.
East Yorkshire MP, Sir Greg Knight, voiced his concerns to the Wolds Weekly last week. He said: “I am very concerned to hear that the possibility of closing the Minor Injuries Unit at Driffield Hospital is apparently under consideration.
“I believe there is an overwhelming case for the unit being retained and will be letting the Health Trust know my views accordingly.
“Driffield Hospital is a valued local facility which should be retained and not removed or reduced, in my view.”
Since the announcement, residents have been flooding into both the Driffield & Wolds Weekly office on Brook Street and the Driffield Town Council offices on Market Walk, to give their views on why the MIU should be kept open via the coupon placed on page 11 of last week’s edition.