Brid Hospital unit faces new review

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Health officials are to launch a public consultation after they carry out a review of Bridlington Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit later this year.

It comes after documents leaked to the media suggested the East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissing Group (CCG) was consdering closing Minor Injury Units in Driffield, Hornsea and Withernsea.

It was reported that a new Urgent Care Unit could be created at Hull Royal Infirmary, meaning patients would face far longer travelling distances to receive medical care.

However the CCG said no final decisions have been made, and a public consultation is to be launched after they carry out a review of Minor Injuries Units throughout the county in summer.

In a statement, the Clinical Commissioning Group’s chief officer, Jane Hawkard, said: “We need to make sure that we get the very best 
value for every £1 we spend so we can continue to provide 
essential NHS services.

“Inevitably this may lead to taking some brave decisions and choices to change services.

“Ultimately the CCG is committed to providing the right services for patients which fit both the current and future demand of our population.”

Bridlington Mayor Cllr John Copsey added: “It’s bad enough we don’t have an accident and emergency. It’s not as if we have a brilliant road link with Hull.”