No full-time nurse for walk-in minor injuries at Withernsea say health bosses
Regarding the 8 to 8 Centre in Withernsea, Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness said: “The 8 to 8 Centre opened in April and I was inundated with complaints – NHS 111 weren’t answering the phone quickly enough, if they did Withernsea didn’t come up as an option, and residents were arriving without appointments at the hospital and being turned away. I worked with the CCG to alert them to these issues and urge them to get them sorted out. I still think the best option is to have a full-time nurse based at the hospital, ready to see walk-in minor injuries, if the clinical need is there.
“Unfortunately, the CCG does not agree with me that a clinical need is there and has turned down my request for a full-time nurse. Apparently about one person per day has an appointment at the Withernsea 8 to 8 Centre for a minor injury or illness. I’m not clear if this is a true reflection of the need in the town, or if others for whom it would be clinically appropriate are not being offered an appointment. I am investigating this further with the CCG. I’m looking forward to receiving the figures from the CCG for the quarter from July to September.
“It’s really important that we all keep up the pressure on the CCG to make sure NHS services in the town are maintained and enhanced, and are not allowed to drop off. If you don’t receive the care you expect when you ring 111, you should let me know, and I’ll take it up for you. I want to get to the bottom of the issue.
The campaigning MP has been battling the East Riding CCG for decent NHS services in Withernsea for years. Back in 2005 he saw off an attempt by the Labour Government to close the hospital, and in 2016 and 2017 supported Councillors Lyn Healing and Dave Tucker, Withernsea and District Health Forum, and residents to fight the proposed closure of the minor injuries unit. Despite organising campaign marches, petitions, and lobbying the Secretary of State for Health, the CCG’s plan to close the MIU was approved.
Graham said “I am bitterly disappointed that, despite our best efforts, we were unable to hold off the CCG from bringing in their plan to close the MIU in Withernsea. It is my firm view that residents in Withernsea deserve the same level of local minor injuries cover as those people living in towns, and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure they get it.
“The CCG intended that Withernsea MIU would close and Withernsea residents would have to travel to Beverley Urgent Treatment Centre to have minor injuries or illnesses seen to. This was simply not acceptable to my constituents in Withernsea and surrounding villages, or to me. We won two concessions from the CCG: they provide an appointment-only 8 to 8 Centre; and, for Withernsea residents who can’t get there under their own steam by car, they provide free taxi transport to and from Beverley.
“The 8 to 8 Centre in Withernsea is open 7 days per week from 8am to 8pm, for appointments only. You need to ring 111 to get accessed and, if your ailment is minor enough, you will be given an appointment at the 8 to 8 Centre. If not, then you’ll be told to go to Beverley Urgent Treatment Centre. What’s really important to remember is that if you do not have access to a car to get to Beverley and back you should make sure you tell the 111 operator, and they will arrange a free-of-charge taxi for you. My impression is that many people in Withernsea and surrounding area don’t realise this.”
Councillor Lyn Healing said “We’re really lucky to have a pro-active MP like Graham. The South East Holderness Councillors greatly appreciate how he jumps on issues as soon as we bring them to him. I know he’s worked relentlessly on behalf of residents to make the 8 to 8 Centre work, and I look forward to continuing to work with him next year to make life better for everyone in Withernsea and surrounding villages.”
Photo: Graham Stuart MP and Councillor Dave Tucker (credit: Nicola Watson, Holderness Gazette)
December 17th, 2018