10th April 2019
By Julia Penhaligon
The Minor Injuries Unit at Bude-Stratton hospital will remain closed overnight until at least October, the local Community Network Panel heard this week.
The MIU closed suddenly in December as a “temporary” measure, with Cornwall’s health bosses claiming staff shortages were to blame.
The Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust initially promised it would return to a 24-hour service by February, but triggered further concern by then shifting its assessment of Bude’s needs, claiming that an overnight service was not really necessary.
This is hotly disputed by local people, who point to hour-long journeys to their nearest Accident & Emergency department. The local community has launched a “Save Bude MIU” campaign and a petition.
The CNP meeting had been due to hear only a 10-minute update on the provision of local health services, but chairman Peter Le Broy granted 45 minutes for discussion.
Bude Cornwall councillor David Parsons said he had been told that the CPFT had now successfully recruited three nurses to staff the MIU overnight, but that because of the need to train them the unit would not re-open before October.
The next CNP meeting, in July, is expected to hear a further update. Bude’s concerns are fuelled in part by the fate of similar MIUs at Saltash and Fowey, which have now been closed as a “temporary” measure for more than two years and are expected to be sold.