Minor injuries care facing major shake-up

Councillor Phil Knowles outside Market Harborough District hospital
Councillor Phil Knowles outside Market Harborough District hospital

Proposed changes to the minor injuries system in Harborough could see cuts to opening hours or cover being provided by GPs.

Health bosses have approved an eight-week consultation into minor injuries care.

Injuries such as sprains, cuts, grazes and minor burns are dealt with by nurses with support from doctors at Harborough’s walk-in centre at the Cottage Hospital in Coventry Road, with cover from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week.

Under the review, three options are being proposed.

Option one is similar to now but with cover from 9am to5pm in the week and from 10am to 3pm at weekends.

Option twowould seeopening hours from 8am to -8pm in the week and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

Option three would see cover provided by GP surgeries from 8.30am to 6.30pm in the week. An urgent care centre somewhere in Harborough would cover from 6pm to 9pm, in the week and from 9am to7pm at weekends.

This urgent care centre provision would be put out to tender.

David Bell, business manager at Harborough Medical Centre, said: “Under option three, we would have to take it on board, but my understanding is we would get remuneration to provide the service and staff from the Cottage Hospital would transfer over to us.”

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group chief operating officer Tim Sacks said: “We believe making changes is the only way to ensure better care and we have developed these options to be put forward for public consultation.”

Harborough health campaigner Phil Knowles said: “It is very important that the community fully engage with the consultation and are given the fullest details.”

The consultation is set to start on February 24.