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Tavistock Minor Injuries Unit to stay closed until 2020 as 'staffing shortage' continues

Tavistock Minor Injuries Unit will stay closed until early next year, health bosses have announced.

The centre closed its doors back in August because of staffing shortages.

It had been due to re-open on November 5th, but will now stay shut until 2020.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust says more staff will be recruited and trained.

Health bosses say more staff are being recruited. Credit: ITV News

We have recruited and are currently training four additional members of staff. In order to run the Minor Injuries Service across the Cumberland Centre, Tavistock and Kingsbridge, we need to recruit and train at least a further four senior practitioners.

This will ensure we have sufficient staff to cover the service and that all staff are trained and supported to the right level. As senior practitioners, and sometimes sole providers of the minor injuries service in venues such as Tavistock, we have to ensure they have the right training, experience and support to practice.

We are confident the steps we are taking now will give us a strong and resilient staffing structure for the future minor injuries service, which is much valued by the public and ourselves.

– University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust spokesman
Patients are being told to use MIUs in Plymouth and Kingsbridge. Credit: ITV News

Patients who would normally use Tavistock Minor Injuries Unit can use the Cumberland Centre in Plymouth or visit centres in Liskeard, Launceston or Okehampton. Details for these units can be found here.

GP surgeries at Abbey, Tavyside, Yelverton and Okehampton can also offer a minor injury service.