More signs could boost Doddington hospital use

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North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay wants to see signs installed on the A141 Wimblington by-pass and also in Doddington to show patients the way to the unit.

The call comes after Mr Barclay met with local GP Dr Simon Hambling who said a signpost on Benwick Road at the Doddington Hospital turn had seen more people using the facility, but he felt other signage could increase patient numbers still further.

Mr Barclay said: “Many people needing medical attention drive along the A141 to Hinchingbrooke Hospital at Huntingdon – but if they saw a sign for the MIU it could save them time.”

He accepted the unit was currently only open until 6pm during the week, and 5pm at weekends, but is pushing for longer opening hours as part of his Treat Me Local health campaign.

He said: “Most people don’t need to go to a hospital A&E department, they can receive the level of treatment they need at the MIU.

“Better signage in the vicinity of the unit will help raise awareness and encourage more people to use this valuable asset. Bigger demand could help with the campaign’s aim to have the unit open longer hours – at least until 8pm seven days a week.

“As most parents know, children tend to injure themselves in late afternoon or early evening just when GP surgeries are closing. Having an MIU on the doorstep with later opening times will save a lot of time and money – not only for people needing the service, but also for the NHS as it is cheaper to treat a patient at an MIU than it is at A&E.”

To find out more about the health campaign visit: www.treatmelocal.net