Ripley: Hospital opening hours to change

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Opening hours at Ripley Hospital’s Minor Injury Units are being revised to concentrate specialist nursing support at during the day.

It follows a review which found very low attendance at the units overnight – an average of two per night at Ripley – and often these overnight patients could not be treated in the unit but needed to go to Accident and Emergency.

The unit will move from 24 hour to an 8am - 10pm opening hours from November 25, until a longer term review of urgent care services is conducted by health service commissioners.

More on the story in next week’s Ripley and Heanor News, out Thursday, November 14.