High demand leads to 90-minute closure of minor injuries unit at Herts and Essex Community Hospital
A high demand from patients with a wide range of conditions led to the temporary closure of the minor injuries unit at Bishop's Stortford's hospital on Monday (Sept 13).
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust said patients at Herts and Essex Community Hospital were triaged to ascertain if they could wait, go elsewhere or come back another day.
This led to the unit being closed for 90 minutes, but by mid-afternoon it was fully open again.
The minor injuries unit offers an alternative to the nearest accident and emergency department, at Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital, for patients with minor injuries.
It provides an open access service with patients being seen in order of arrival unless their condition is deemed more serious.
The unit is open Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 4.30pm.