MP AND COUNCILLORS LOBBY HEALTH BOARD OVER MINOR INJURIES PROVISION

PEOPLE living in Monmouth will no longer have to travel to A&E departments in Abergavenny or Newport if they suffer a minor injury.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board says it is not viable to reopen the town’s minor injuries unit, which closed in 2011, but services are now available in Ross-on-Wye or Coleford.

However, Monmouth MP David Davies and local town councillors who met with health board officials on Friday said more information needed to be given out about where treatment can be obtained.

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David Davies MP with Monmouth town councillors Terry Christopher and Graham Pritchard.

“We were told there are agreements in place with doctors, dentists, chemists and opticians to provide treatment to people,” said Mr Davies.

“I believe we need a lot more information about this and the health board has promised to provide it.”

Research by town councillors Graham Pritchard and Terry Christopher suggests around six people per day suffer minor injuries in the Monmouth area.

While the health board accepts the figure, it argues an attendance rate of 25 people per day would be needed in order to justify the costs of opening a dedicated minor injuries unit in the town and ensuring staff see enough patients to maintain their clinical skills.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Prichard said: “The health board will not consider opening a unit based on the current numbers who would use it.

“There are, however, contracts now in place with units in Ross-on-Wye and Coleford. This means that anyone suffering a minor injury can go there instead of Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital or the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.”

The health board has agreed to hold discussions with local GP surgeries to ascertain if they can increase their emergency support and will meet again with the councillors and Mr Davies in three months to give a further update on the situation.

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