With increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in our local area, local NHS services and staffing are being carefully reviewed to respond to the rising pressures.
The unit was closed temporarily in April last year so that staff could be redeployed. It reopened in August 2020.
The latest closure will be reviewed regularly says Dr Gary Howsam, Chair of NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
He said: “Temporarily closing Wisbech Minor Injury Unit, in addition to the continued temporary closure of Doddington Minor Injury Unit, is not a decision we have made lightly.
“We are incredibly thankful to the unit’s staff for their willingness to take on new local roles in response to the pandemic.
“We will review our decision on a regular basis to ensure that we can reopen these facilities as soon as possible.”
Our Healthwatch response
“Our health system leaders are having to make tough choices at the moment," said our CEO Sandie Smith.
"The closure of Wisbech MIU is understandable as staff are needed to care for very sick patients elsewhere, or help deliver the largest vaccination programme we have ever seen.
"It is temporary and we are confident that it will reopen as soon as staff are available again.”
"We want to pass on our thanks to all of those in health and social care services – both on the front line and behind the scenes - who are working incredibly hard to care for people in these difficult times.”
If you need urgent or emergency advice or support
If you need urgent or emergency health care advice or support, please think NHS 111 first to connect with the right service to help you.
- Call NHS 111 or visit NHS 111 online 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- The Ely MIU is still open at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely
- For emergency medical care, the A&E departments at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn, Peterborough City Hospital or Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon are available.