Wednesday , October 20 2021

Small Unitton Injury Unit for Temporary Interruption


The Small Damage Unit (MIU) at Swansea's Singleton Hospital will be closed from Monday to spring due to a major renovation in an adjacent unit.

The Singleton Assessment Unit (SAU) will be temporarily relocated to another part of the hospital, Ward 20, as heavy-duty renovations can not be performed safely with patients.

However, the relocation of the OAE will affect the small injury unit in the hospital, which is next to the OAU.

The Small Damage Unit will be closed from Monday, November 12th to Spring 2019.

Singleton Hospital.

MIU's opening hours are from 8am to 8pm on weekdays, from 8am to 3pm at weekends, and are attended by GPs. However, for some time, the staffing of the unit has been a credible fight.

MIU was forced to close in a very short time because GPs were not available to cover shifts and were recently closed every Sunday for 17 weeks.

Patients can not be notified of closure with a brief alert, so some arrive and find themselves closed.

Until now, PLO staff have been able to help if necessary, but during the renovation there will be enough floors in another part of the hospital.

The ABMU Health Council states that there is not enough space in Ward 20 to transport the MIU, so it is not the option to move both services.

For this reason, physicians are concerned about the safety hazards of MIE patients who could get to find a closed unit and nobody to help them.

Professor GP Stephen Greenfield said: "We strongly believe that the safest option is to close the MIU while refurbishing the SAU is in progress and reopening it early in the spring when the work is done.

"While the overwhelming majority of MIU patients are experiencing secondary conditions, there is a very real risk that if someone arrived who needed urgent care for a serious condition and found it closed, there would be no one there to help them.

"If it was going to happen when the OAE was open, SAE officials could arrange for an emergency transfer to Morriston Hospital, but that would not be a choice when SAE staff had moved elsewhere.

"Therefore, it is safer to temporarily close the MIU altogether.

"So we can make sure that we do everything we can to warn people, including a communication campaign, changing our signs, modifying website information, and so on.

"Once the work is completed, the MIU will reopen."

Singleton Renovation Unit Refurbishment (SAU)

The Singleton Assessment Unit (SAU) is a front door service dealing with sick patients reported directly by doctors and other community health professionals.

It also provides 999 emergency situations to patients evaluated by the ambulance service but who still need to go to the hospital for acute medical assessment or import.

SAE is attending approximately 8,500 medical visits a year and will now undergo significant improvements over the next four to five months in response to concerns raised by the Community Health Council and the Wales Sanitary Inspectorate on the layout and general fabric of the unit.

Singleton Hospital

The work of 300,000 pounds will include the construction of modern new toilets, redesigning the device to better assist nursing care for patients, improving controls and storage facilities, and providing additional space for non-clinical support staff,

Demand for Singleton's SAU is rising, with 16% more patients arriving last winter compared to 2016-17.

Which services you will use while closing Singleton MIU

Although Singleton MIU is closed, patients are informed of alternative services such as the Neath Port Talbot Small Injury Unit and the Swansea Morriston Emergency Department at Emerson's Hospital.

They can also hit the free 111 service for advice at any time.

Other recent developments in the hospital include an investment of £ 340,000 in a comprehensive assessment service for the elderly and £ 230,000 in a timely release service for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a respiratory condition.

Following the upgrading of the SAU and the reopening of the MIU, the health council and clinicians at Singleton Hospital will embark on an engagement exercise to talk about further opportunities to improve emergency health care in the hospital.

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