Dorset Healthcare University Trust today confirmed its decision to reinstate the MIU “walk-in-clinics” at the Yeatman Hospital with immediate effect. As of now the Hospital’s MIU is open to treat walk-in patients.
Friends of Yeatman Hospital chairman David Hayes offered the following comments in response;
“This decision is a success story for Sherborne and all of those who supported our campaign to reopen the MIU walk-in-clinic. We are particularly grateful to those patients who shared their MIU experiences with us. This formed the key evidence and strength of our submission to DHCT.
“In our discussions with DHCT executive management we were delighted to read in an internal briefing document one of our main points and requests, “If someone lives close to a minor injuries unit (MIU) and chooses to go there instead, staff will similarly assess their condition and agree the most appropriate course of action to meet their needs”. This confirmed our understanding that they were listening to us. It is right that we acknowledge and thank DHCT for their considerate and professional approach to resolving a difficult issue.”
“Chris Loder MP, who met with executives of DHCT on numerous occasions, did not hesitate to support our cause. He, together with other politicians, and Councillors at Sherborne Town Council and Dorset Council together with other community stakeholders, came together to present the case in the best possible way, resulting in a positive result for our community.”
“I am pleased to say our positive, but firm, interaction with DHCT, allowed the Friends’ case to be understood and ultimately achieved this decision. This is only a first step, forthcoming changes to the management structure at the Yeatman, and the responsibility for the MIU Clinic, means we need to be conscientious towards ensuring the clinic remains open.”
Friends of the Yeatman Hospital