Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, called on Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt MP to encourage people to make more and better use of the minor injuries unit at Ormskirk Hospital. In a Parliamentary Question Rosie Cooper’s message was that too few people in West Lancashire know the Minor Injuries Unit exists.
The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt MP said in response to Rosie Cooper’s question:
“I am sure that the minor injuries unit is providing an excellent service and that it should be used more widely.”
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I learnt recently that very few people are using the minor injuries unit at Ormskirk hospital. On further investigation it seems the reason is nobody knows it exists or what facilities including X-rays, it provides between the hours of 7am and 10pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm weekends and bank holidays.”
"It is quite understandable that people are a little confused about where to go for their health services given all the chopping and changing in recent years. I’ve even heard stories of people travelling from Ormskirk to Skelmersdale for treatment at the walk in centre, when if only they had realised they already have the service on their doorstep.”
“I think the Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust and West Lancashire Primary Care Trust should work together to raise people’s awareness of and to promote the Minor Injuries Unit at Ormskirk Hospital. “It is as simple as this if people are not using the Minor Injuries Unit then it is likely to close as public money cannot be wasted on a resource nobody uses. I believe there is a demand for this service, the problem being that people just don’t know it is available in Ormskirk. The message to Ormskirk residents has to be please ‘use it or lose it!’"