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Emergency call service moves base

Noble's Hospital
Noble's Hospital is looking to create more space for flu patients

The Manx Emergency Doctor Service (MEDS) is to be moved, to release space at Noble's hospital for flu patients who may need hospital treatment.

The temporary relocation of the unit to the Central Community Health Centre in Douglas takes effect from 12 October.

The MEDS scheme provides emergency out-of-hours GP cover. Patients get access by contacting their GP surgeries.

The Department of Health said the there should be minimum disruption to services and patient care.

A spokesman for the department said that MEDS was not a drop-in service and was for emergencies that could wait until the following day.

In the event of a life-threatening situation, the emergency 999 number should always be called.



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