AN MP has stepped in over rumours that a minor injury unit was set to close.
“Persistent rumours” had begun to spread creating uncertainty around the future of Altrincham General Hospital’s Minor Injury Unit.
But Sir Graham Brady, MP for Altrincham and Sale West, and a health boss have now stepped in to pledge this is not the case.
The centre, on Railway Street, is a unit staffed by emergency nurses who can treat injuries such as sprains, strains, broken bones, wound infections, animal/insect bites and minor head, back, eye or chest injuries.
The centre is open seven days a week but currently doesn’t offer any walk-in facilities.
Now both Sir Graham and Sir Mike Deegan, the chief executive of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have now confirmed the centre is safe.
Sir Graham said: “Happy to confirm that rumours of Altrincham Minor Injuries Unit closing down are untrue.
“Altrincham Hospital’s minor injuries unit is well-used, provides a valuable service for local people and helps to relieve the burden on accident and emergency units nearby. In recent weeks there have been persistent rumours that the minor injuries unit was earmarked for closure.
"I contacted Sir Mike Deegan, the chief executive of the NHS trust and he has given me an absolute assurance that the rumours are unfounded.”
Sir Mike told Hale Civic Society: “We appreciate how important this service is to our local community and I can confirm that we have no plans to close the unit.”
The minor injuries unit extended its opening hours to include weekends back in 2007 to respond to demand after it was found more than 10,000 had used the service the year before.
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