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All change at Tiverton's Minor Injury Unit
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Devon
OPENING hours at Tiverton’s minor injury unit will be reduced from next month as bidders line up to take over the service.
Three organisations are interested in running the doctor- led minor injury service (MIU) at Tiverton and District Community Hospital from April next year.
The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) has now begun a formal process to select a suitable provider using criteria which was developed in partnership with the community.
Under the new plans, Tiverton MIU will stop running as a 24-hour service from November 1. Instead it will open from 8am to 10pm seven days a week in order to offer enhanced services.
John Finn, managing director of the eastern area of NEW Devon CCG, said: “The community has told us what it wants to see at Tiverton MIU and we are commissioning a model of care which is consistent with this.
“We are pleased that three potential providers have come forward. To ensure that the public receives the best possible care, the preferred bidder will have to undergo thorough checks, including due diligence processes, before it can start to run the MIU service at the hospital.
“We are working closely with our current service provider and the Tiverton residents’ group CHOICE to make sure the MIU continues to provide the care and support the community wants for the town.”
The unit will continue to provide treatment for sprains and strains, minor cuts and burns, minor head injuries and insect and animal bites.
The successful provider will be announced before the end of 2013 and will work to a twoyear contract running between April 1 2014 and March 31, 2016.
Until the tender process is complete, NEW Devon CCG has agreed to commission additional GPs in the Devon Doctors treatment centre on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
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