Although MIU services will continue to run at the Vale seven days a week, opening times have been temporarily changed to 10.00am to 6.00pm until July 2014.
As Susan Field, Director of Service Transformation, at the Trust explained, the national challenge to recruit nurses is also seen at a local level in Gloucestershire, and services are having to adapt: “This change in opening hours is in response to a shortage of Emergency Nurse Practitioners to manage the MIU services at Stroud and the Vale Hospitals. This will enable our team to continue to operate a clinically-safe service for local people, and reflect the times where there is the highest demand for MIU services at the Vale, as well as enabling us to keep the MIU service at Stroud General Hospital running 24 hours a day.”
“As a responsible employer, we also recognise the importance of looking after the health and well-being of our staff. We will be staying open 7 days a week and these revised opening times will ensure that our dedicated team of emergency nurse practitioners is able to manage a safe and high quality MIU service for local people in Stroud, Dursley and surrounding areas.”
From 1 April 2014:
- MIU at Vale Community Hospital – open 10.00am – 6.00pm
- MIU at Stroud General Hospital – will continue to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
During the next few months, the Trust will be running a sustained recruitment campaign to employ more specialist nurses, as well as continuing to train and develop our current nursing teams to further their skills and qualifications. The Trust anticipates being able to return to normal opening hours (8.00am – 8.00pm) at Vale Community Hospital in July 2014.