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NHS trust seeking information about the impact of the temporary overnight closure of Minehead Hospital’s minor injuries unit

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (Somerset FT) is seeking information from people in Minehead about their use of the Minor Injuries Unit service and their views about whether and how the temporary four month overnight closure of the MIU is affecting them.

The trust temporarily closed the MIU overnight from 9pm until 8am for four months from Thursday 1 July because it has concerns about the safety of the overnight service. The service remains open from 8am – 9pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

While the overnight service is temporarily closed the trust is monitoring the impact of the temporary closure, reviewing the service and working with partners and public representatives to look at how it can address the safety concerns, quantify and meet the overnight needs of the local area within available resources, and propose a way forward that is both safe and operationally robust.

As part of this the trust is seeking information from local people on their use of the MIU service and whether and how the temporary four month overnight closure of MIU is affecting them. People are invited to fill in a survey on their use of the MIU here. Trust colleagues will be visiting Minehead town centre on weekdays between Tuesday 31 August and Friday 10 September to speak to people about whether and how the temporary closure is affecting them. Colleagues will also be in the portacabin at Minehead Community Hospital every Thursday until Thursday 9 September from 10am – 4pm. Alternatively you can give us your views by emailing myvoice@somersetft.nhs.uk or texting 07525968409 and starting your message withMinehead”.