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Regarding the temporary closure of Launceston Hospital’s MIU

July 26th 2021

We are very sorry for not communicating the decision to temporarily close the minor injury unit. The decision was made by a group of joint health and social care leaders who have been meeting regularly to manage the demand for these services. 

The temporary closure came into effect on Sunday 25 July to allow staff to be relocated to the minor injury unit in Liskeard. Liskeard minor injury unit is a much larger unit and is able to see more patients. This decision is in line with the Trust’s plans which consolidate resources to ensure we are able to maintain services from our larger/busiest units. Like many other business areas, we have a number of staff who are affected by COVID-19 or who have been pinged by Track and Trace and need to self-isolate.

We recognise, that we should have done more to share this decision with the local community and apologise for this.

Anyone who needs urgent but not emergency care should contact 111 in the first instance. Please stay on the line while you are connected to a call handler who will direct you to the most appropriate service. Contacting 111 first allows the service to be notified of a person’s arrival and helps us to maintain social distancing in our waiting rooms.

GPs also remain available and are offering appointments by telephone, video-call or face-to-face when required.

The initial agreement was to close the unit until 30 September 2021. We will keep the position under continual review and if we are able to reopen the unit before this date, we will do so. We will also keep you updated should the situation change. 

All other services at Launceston continue to operate as usual.

Margaret Schwarz

Acting Chair

Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust