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Hospital's A&E closes at night
A hospital that is closing its A&E department at night because of staff shortages said the cut in opening times will start early next year.

Ormskirk Hospital in Lancashire has announced the unit will shut from 11pm to 8am from 1 February, 2005.

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust said the shortages mean they cannot provide 24-hour cover in the department.

The unit will close completely in June, Serious cases will go to Southport Hospital, Merseyside instead.

'Magnificent job'

A minor injuries unit is due to be opened in place of the closed casualty department.

Until then, the A&E unit will remain open during the day, and evening, and the A&E department for children will stay open 24 hours.

The Trust says that, while it has done everything in its power to address staff shortages, it has proved very difficult to attract suitably qualified staff.

It says staff working there are doing a "magnificent job", but, increasingly, the burden of providing a night time adult service is taking its toll.

Hospital closes night A&E service
09 Dec 04 |  Lancashire

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