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Sheffield minor injury unit to close in response to coronavirus crisis

The facility is based at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital Credit: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Sheffield's minor injury unit (MIU) at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital is to close in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The facility – which has seen a 'huge drop' in demand – will shut at 8pm on Thursday to allow more staff to support efforts to combat the effects of Covid-19. It will reopen after the crisis is over.

Patients who have minor illness or injuries will still be able to use the Broad Lane walk-in centre.

Those with broken bones should visit the accident and emergency unit at the Northern General Hospital.

Dr David Hughes, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Since the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing restrictions, we have seen a huge drop in the numbers of people using the service and on some days there have been hardly any patients attending.

"This is at the same time as our hospitals are seeing increasing numbers of patients with the virus. We have not taken this decision lightly but given our increasing need for experienced nurse practitioners in the main hospitals it makes sense to temporarily close the Unit so that the staff can support other areas of the hospital where demand is higher."

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