Have your say over Chepstow's minor injuries unit closure
3:26pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A CHEPSTOW councillor has asked residents to air their concerns about the failure to reopen the town’s minor injuries unit, despite a 2,500 word petition calling for the move.
Gerry Rowe said members of the town’s Labour group met representatives of Aneurin Bevan Health Board in July, the body which closed the facility at Chepstow Community Hospital in October 2011.
He told the Free Press: “We were given the blunt answer that the ABHB had chosen to ignore the 2,500 on the petition for the return of the MIU. “We were told they had no plans to reopen it nor to consider reopening it. They did not enter into any detailed discussion as to how or why they had reached this decision.
The only concession that ABHB have made to strong public opinion on this matter is to agree that they handled the public relations aspect of the closure badly.
They went on to state that they will attempt better to communicate, to the population of Chepstow and surrounding areas, what services are available, where and when, for those who might otherwise have used the MIU.
“ We can only hope that they are as good as their word in this minor respect. They mentioned September.”
For nearly two years the people of Chepstow have had to seek attention for minor injuries at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny or at the Royal Gwent in Newport.
Cllr Rowe added: “The main thing they are thinking about is doing a campaign in and around Chepstow to better inform people what their options are if they sustain an injury.
“This is not cause for huge celebration, it’s not a great victory as it depends where they put the information and who can access it. We will be looking at what they do and seeing whether it’s effective.” The councillor has now asked for people who feel strongly about the issue to contact the Aneurin Bevan Health Board at Aneurin Bevan Health Board Headquarters, St Cadoc’s Hospital, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport , NP18 3XQ or by calling 01633 436700.
The Free Press contacted the health board for comment but have not received.
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