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Community hospital easing strain on Treliske

By 21st February 2020

Community hospital easing strain on Treliske
St Austellīs hospital is operating longer X-ray department opening hours.

EXTENDING the opening hours of the X-ray department at St Austell Community Hospital is helping to reduce the numbers of people going to Treliske’s emergency department.

The opening hours of the X-ray department were extended in January as part of measures to keep Treliske’s emergency department free for those who are most in need.

Nearly 350 people have used the X-ray department in the minor injuries unit (MIU) at St Austell Community Hospital since launching the additional opening hours from 9am until 8pm every day, including weekends and bank holidays, last month.

With the half-term holiday underway people are being reminded that the X-ray department will continue to open additional hours until the end of March.

Emma Spouse, diagnostic imaging lead at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Since the additional service launched 349 patients have been X-rayed at the St Austell MIU, which is between 12 and 13 people a day.”

Figures also showed that from that number on average between two and three people or 75 patients across 28 evenings had attended the X-ray department at St Austell’s MIU in January.

She added: “We opened the X-ray department at St Austell for longer to take some of the pressure away from the Royal Cornwall hospital, Treliske emergency department at its busiest time of day, which is usually early evening.

“We’re delighted with the way in which people have used the service and we hope that they will continue to use the MIU at St Austell Hospital until 8pm, seven days a week until the end of March.”

New X-ray equipment was installed in St Austell X-ray department in 2019 and provides the latest, rapid digital imaging technology.

Speaking previously, Susan Bracefield, RCHT’s Director of Operations, said: “We need our clinical teams to be able to focus on those who really need their specialist skills, so we’ve taken the decision to redirect patients to alternative services during the minor injury unit opening hours.

“It will mean we can free up nurses and doctors to support those with serious and life-threatening emergencies and with speeding up discharge arrangements for patients who are ready to go home or to other care settings.

“It’s vital that we maintain a safe service for everyone and there are a lot of people who come to us who can easily be seen and treated elsewhere.”

By 21st February 2020

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