Consultation events in Lichfield over plans to close minor injuries unit overnight

People can have their say on the future of Lichfield’s minor injuries unit at drop in sessions in the city.

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital

Samuel Johnson Community Hospital

Plans have been drawn up to close the facility at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital overnight.

Despite the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) claiming the low numbers of people using the unit after 9pm, Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been among those criticising the plans, branding them “totally unacceptable”.

But a spokesperson for the CCG said the money needed to keep the unit open elsewhere could be better spent elsewhere.

“We recognise that the service currently offered by the minor injuries units at Lichfield and Tamworth is of a high standard, and provides excellent care,” the spokesperson said. “However, we believe we must make some changes to make the service more efficient.

“Our analysis has shown that during the overnight period on average only one patient is visiting the service every two hours. During the same time, alternative services are available including the NHS111 service and the GP out of hours service.

“Due to the low numbers of people using the units at night, the service is not cost effective and money currently spent on this service could be better utilised on services that would benefit more patients.

“Over the past two years we have had ongoing conversations with patient groups and those who use our services and we are confident that the impact of our proposals will be low, affecting very few patients.

“But we want to know if there is anything else residents feel we need to take into consideration.”

The first of two consultation sessions in Lichfield takes place at Wade Street Church tomorrow (October 15) from 2pm to 4pm. A second session is on October 20 from 5.30pm to 8pm.

People can also have their say via an online questionnaire.

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