Sir Robert Peel Hospital's MIU is 'safe' according to Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher.
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HEALTH chiefs in Staffordshire have confirmed that the future of Tamworth's Minor Injuries Unit has been secured, according to the town's MP.
Conservative MP Christopher Pincher said the vital MIU facility had been 'saved', after he spoke with executive medical director of Burton Hospitals NHS trust, Dr Magnus Harrison this week.
Mr Pincher also confirmed that the site will also be enhanced to ensure the people of Tamworth get the health services they need into the future.
He said: "I have spoken to the executive medical director, Dr Magnus Harrison, who has confirmed that the minor injuries unit at Sir Robert Peel is secure.
"More than that, the Peel will be home to an urgent treatment service with two branches of Tamworth's GP surgeries operating out of the hospital.
"That will be really good news for people who need urgent care but who have not suffered an injury.
"When I met the head of Tamworth's Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr John James, two weeks ago, he told me that a large number of patients who present at the MIU in fact need some other form of treatment.
"Right now the Sir Robert Peel can only offer limited help.
"Thanks to these proposals, many such patients will be able to use a new urgent treatment service meaning they are not "sent on" to other hospitals or back to their GPs.
"I hope we can get even better joined up working with hospitals and GPs in future, including even greater use of the pharmacy services and the skills of trained pharmacists.
"I will be meeting formally the Chief Executive of the Burton NHS Hospitals Trust, Helen Scott-South later this week, but I was really pleased to hear directly from Dr Harrison that the services at the Peel are secure – and will be growing."
The news follows on from last week when the Herald reported that Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant made the shock announcement that both Tamworth and Lichfield's MIUs, as well as the A&E in Burton, had been saved from cuts.
Mr Pincher went on to praise the Herald's Save the Units Campaign, which was launched to ensure Tamworth retained its much-needed heath services.
He said: "It is a testament to the support the hospital has in the local community and the tremendous campaign run by the Tamworth Herald".
"I would particularly like to thank Gary Phelps and the Herald team for keeping the Sir Robert Peel in the news pages week after week.
"The persistence of the local campaign has paid off.
"Medical chiefs tell me the Sir Robert Peel is well used and that they want to make better use of the facility to provide the sorts of care that the changing face of local demand needs.
"Medicine and treatments have changed too and they need to be reflected in the services offered by the Sir Robert Peel."
"I think it is also right to congratulate the Burton Trust executives for recognising the value of the Sir Robert Peel and its importance to local people. They have backed the Peel and I want to thank them for listening."
The Herald had previously joined forces with its sister title the Lichfield Mercury to publicly petition against closing the Minor Injuries Units at both MIUs in Tamworth and Lichfield.
So far, thousands of people have come forward to sign and house our petition papers at their businesses to ensure the town receives the medical services it needs.
A spokesman from Burton Hospitals NHS Trust said: "The Trust remains committed to its hospitals in Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth and is working hard as part of the wider Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP to achieve the goals of providing responsive services that meet the needs of residents in our local communities."