Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that Stonehaven minor injury unit will not be closed following a six-month consultation.
The six-month consultation was launched in December of 2017, which undertook to review all minor injury units in Aberdeenshire to “ensure that everybody has access to appropriate care that meets their needs”. There are currently nine units across Aberdeenshire in Aboyne, Banff, Huntly, Insch, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Turriff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.
Some residents had expressed fears that the review would lead to the closure of some units.
When presenting the findings of the review at the Integrated Joint Board meeting, which oversees Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Partnership manager Angie Wood confirmed that no units would be closing. Instead, saying that the review was undertaken for public engagement and to educate people on the ailments that can be treated at a minor injury unit.
It was noted that the units in Insch and Inverurie “do give rise to potential patient safety and staff governance risk particularly in the out of hours period.” and it was recommended that the Board as a “matter of urgency” approve redesign of these two units and agree to receive implementation plans in due course.
The full conclusions of the review can be found here