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Injuries unit to close at night
Newquay Minor Injuries Unit staff and patient
Health bosses say patients will still get the treatment they need
Plans to close a minor injuries unit during the night for most of the year have been approved.

The Central Cornwall Primary Care Trust voted in favour of closing the unit in Newquay at 2200 at night.

It will be opened overnight at weekends in July, August and September, and during events such as Run to the Sun.

The decision comes after a three-month consultation. Forty people objected, but a survey showed only an average of one person was being treated per night.

The trust said the money would be spent on training nurses and on better daytime cover.

24-7 demand

Newquay Hospital matron Wendy Fairclough said: "We feel here that it's going to be a change for the better.

"There will be a better use of staff time, and the pressure on staff will ease because we will have more people to staff the unit."

But with extended licensing hours, more tourists season and more homes being built in the town, some say a round-the-clock service was vital.

Cllr George Edwards said: "We have a really long season here, from March until the end of October, and the town is expanding very fast. This is why we need the hospital open 24-7."

The unit will close overnight from April, but health managers have promised to monitor the change to ensure patients who cannot wait to be seen until the next day do get the treatment they need.

On Tuesday, plans are expected to be approved for four more Cornish towns to lose minor injuries cover in Bodmin, Launceston, Liskeard and Saltash.

A unit at Stratton has been reprieved and is likely to continue a 24-hour service after 5,500 people petitioned against planned changes in its opening hours.


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