An update on the Minor Injuries Unit closure at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon
Written by Gavin on 15th October 2021
On Tuesday, September 7, the Cwm Taf University Health Board announced the temporary closure of the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon (YCC) due to a staffing issue and the minor injuries service was moved to Prince Charles Hospital.
During this time, a thorough review of staffing at the unit has taken place and we have determined that we require more suitably trained staff in order to provide a sustainable service that isn’t subject to further disruption.
This training is now underway and as this process will take some time to be completed to the highest standards, we anticipate that the Minor Injuries Unit at YCC will now reopen in early 2022.
The option of temporary staffing arrangements to enhance the Unit was investigated. Unfortunately, we could not be assured that this would be consistently available through the coming months, which would result in the unit having to close and re-open at very short notice. In order to offer a consistent service and give our patients certainty we will continue to deliver the minor injuries service at PCH where its location, alongside the Emergency Department, will offer greater resilience.
We appreciate that this delayed reopening of the Unit at YCC will be disappointing news for our communities however we are absolutely committed to reopening the MIU as soon as the staffing issues are resolved. We also want to reassure our communities that there are no plans to close the Minor Injuries Unit at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon in the long-term and this is very much a temporary closure.
Our A&E and minor injuries services are seeing a huge demand at the moment. To help us help you, please consider the best place to get treatment if it’s not urgent. Your pharmacist can help with many common problems, and you can also call 111 or visit the online symptom checker at 111.wales.nhs.uk.
We apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause and would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time as we work to further improve your local MIU service at YCC.