Driffield Town Council is urging residents to continue to use the town’s Minor Injuries Unit as the fate of the service is still awaiting a final decision from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Almost six months ago, members of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Health, Care & Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee unanimously voted to refer East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) Urgent Care Strategy regarding MIUs and creation of Urgent Care Centres to Mr Hunt.
The CCG Governing Body agreed to replace the six existing Minor Injuries Units in East Yorkshire with three Urgent Care Centres at East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley, at Bridlington Hospital and at Goole District Hospital.
In addition, they agreed to the creation of 8 to 8 centres at Driffield and Withernsea which will provide urgent care appointments for low level minor injuries, which must be booked using the NHS 111 service, while the MIU at Hornsea will be closed.
However, following concerns over areas such as what had been predetermined prior to the consultation; modelling assumptions and financial planning; the topography of the East Riding and accessibility to services; level of engagement with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and private sector residential care providers, and the weight given to parts of the consultation feedback, the Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee referred the decision to Mr Hunt for his final decision.
No news has been heard since this referral, and last month Driffield Town Clerk Claire Binnington wrote to Lord Ribeiro, chair of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which is the independent expert on NHS service change, asking him to support the position of residents of Driffield and surrounding villages who expressed their desire to retain the services of the MIU in Driffield during the consultation period.
Mr Hunt has now referred the matter to the Independent Configuration Panel to advise him.
Claire told the Wolds Weekly: “I think the main worry is that it is all taking a rather long time.
“The MIU have made it clear that they are still operating as before so we would urge people not to ring but just to attend there as they have always done.