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Minor injury unit consultation set to take place

By Kyle Ritchie

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People have been encouraged to have their say at a public consultation on the area's minor injury unit.

MSP Stewart Stevenson is urging people to attend the event on Wednesday at the Harvest Centre in Banff from 3-7pm.

The review of minor injury units (MIUs) in the north-east, is moving into the final phase with a series of public consultation events.

At the June 2018 meeting of the integration joint board (IJB), members agreed the findings of the MIU review and instructed officers to form local implementation groups to continue the work of the review.

The local implementation groups have looked at the feedback received from the public at the first round of events, as well as the data on how many people use the services and at what times and are now ready to share their findings.

Each area that currently has a MIU will host an event, open to all, to share and discuss a range of future operating models.

Following these events, a paper setting out the findings of the review and recommendations on the future operating models for five of the units will be presented to the IJB for final consideration.

Each event will be an opportunity for local area residents to see and discuss a range of fully costed options for their unit as well as analysis of attendances to the units.

Members of staff will be on hand to discuss any of the recommendations or findings.

Mr Stevenson said: “The integration joint board carries out important work in bringing together elements of the health service and social work which previously operated as two separate entities, which didn’t always lead to a joined-up approach for patients.

“This is an important piece of work on the local minor injury unit in Banff.

"I know how important local service provision is in a large rural constituency like Banffshire and Buchan Coast so I would urge people to go along to the drop-in session and get the information gathered so far and give their view on how they want to see this local service develop going forward.”

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