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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals release statement on closure of Chorley and South Ribble A&E

NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, have said that the A&E department was closed temporarily on Monday because they were unable to staff the emergency department.

Hospital bosses said continuing to provide a service with not enough staff members posed an unacceptable risk to patient safety.

Three doctors have now been secured to fill half of the six staffing gaps.

Read the statement here:

The board, and all our staff, along with partner agencies, are absolutely committed to reinstating the emergency department at Chorley as soon as we have the sufficient staff to ensure we can provide a safe and sustainable service, and we are all working hard to make this happen.

We need at least 14 doctors to safely staff the departments across both hospitals, and currently have a gap of six.

Currently we have potentially secured three of the doctors we need, and there are further potential candidates we are actively pursuing.

Until we are in a position where we can reinstate the emergency department we are doing everything possible to make sure effective interim arrangements are in place so patients in both Chorley and Preston areas receive prompt and safe care - and those arrangements are currently working well.

– Stuart Heys, Chairman of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Council statement on Chorley and South Ribble hospital A&E closure

A statement on behalf of Chorley and South Ribble Councils on the continuing closure of the A&E unit has been issued.

The Councils say they are pressing for the unit to be re-opened as soon as possible.

Hospital bosses said earlier today that the closure of the unit was down to serious problems with staffing levels.

Read the statement here:

We are extremely concerned by the on-going closure of the A&E department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and are pressing for it to be re-opened urgently.

It affects residents and visitors to the area who will be faced with longer journey times or increased waiting times as more pressure is put on the services at the Royal Preston Hospital.

We want to see a clear action plan as to what will be done to re-open the department and a more definite timescale as to when this will be done.

We also want answers to the questions many people are asking about what the future holds for both Chorley and South Ribble and Preston hospitals.

If there is any consideration being given to closing the A&E service at the Chorley site permanently, then it is important the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust is upfront and outlines their plans for what the future could hold so we, and our residents, can provide our input.

Until this time, it is our view that the A&E service must continue to be provided at both sites to ensure residents get the best care possible in a timely manner.

– Statement on behalf of Chorley and South Ribble Councils

Urgent meeting on A & E closure

Chorley and South Ribble Hospital Credit: ITV

Councillors in Chorley will meet for urgent talks on the closure of the town's A and E unit. Hospital bosses will be defending their decision to close the unit at Chorley which they say is down to serious problems with stafing levels. Residents have expressed their anger and the council is urging the Trust to reconsider as soon as possible. More than 17,000 people have signed a petition calling for the unit to re-open.

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