Statement from University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
A spokesperson for University Hospitals of North Midlands said: “The Children’s Minor Injury Unit at County Hospital was always intended as a temporary measure until the CCG implemented a GP led service within A&E which would treat both adults and children’s minor illnesses and injuries.
“This new Urgent Care Model is in line with the recommendations of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health following a review of Children’s Urgent and Emergency services in 2016.
“The timescales for this new GP led service have been far longer than anticipated due to difficulties in identifying a suitable provider so the temporary MIU has now been in place for 20 months.
“UHNM wrote to the CCG a few months ago to say that we cannot continue to provide the service indefinitely and they have recently confirmed that they are in the process of retendering the service and plan to have this new model in place by Autumn this year.
“Clearly we would all prefer a smooth transition from one service to the next and subject to satisfactory progress this is what we are all aiming for.”
A spokesperson for the Staffordshire CCGs said: “The CCGs are making good progress in retendering the service and are concentrating on it being a workable model for clinicians as well as providing safe and positive services for patients.”