Temporary changes to Barry Hospital Minor Injuries Unit
Published 2 September 2014
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has confirmed a temporary five day closure of the Minor Injury Unit at Barry Hospital.
The short-term measure is being taken to help provide a triage and treat service in Cardiff city centre to support police and ambulance services during the NATO Summit.
It means the unit in Barry will be closed from Monday September 1st until Friday September 5th and reopen again on Monday September 8th.
Alice Casey, the Chief Operating Officer for Cardiff and Vale UHB, said: “The team has looked at a number of options to try and keep the MIU at Barry Hospital open over these few days but unfortunately it has not been possible.
“The health board would like to apologise to anyone affected by these steps but would reassure them that the staff will be back in the unit on September 8.”
Patients needing minor injury advice and support during the first week in September are advised to contact their local GP or NHS Direct (0845 46 47) first or to visit the emergency units at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant or University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff if necessary.
During the NATO visit the health board is taking all measures to provide as much of a normal service as possible. At UHW essential services such as urgent cancer services, outpatient diagnostics and elective services will continue as normal.
The health board is reminding patients and visitors to UHW to leave extra travelling time when visiting the hospital given the expected disruption at certain times in the lead up to and during the Summit.
Services at University Hospital Llandough will continue as normal. Patients will be informed directly of any changes affecting other sites in Cardiff.
Abigial Harris, the UHB’s Director of Planning, said plans were in place to maintain services during the two day summit.
She said: “Multi-agency planning for the event has been underway for a number of months and we now have clear plans in place to ensure we are geared up for the demands of the Summit.
“Through careful planning and the provision of extra services where there could be increased demand we hope to minimise the disruption to services for residents.”
Mrs Harris said that the city had regular experience of preparing and caring for large numbers of people visiting Cardiff for sporting and other events and that would be put to use during the Summit.
For more information visit the NATO Summit pages on the Gov.uk website, or for further information on the Barry Minor Injuries Unit visit the MIU website.