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Caithness News Bulletins January 2003
DUNBAR HOSPITAL ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE
TO RE-OPEN ON 28TH FEBRUARY 2003
A new and improved Accident and Emergency (A&E) service at Dunbar Hospital in Thurso will be re-open on 28th February 2003.
The A&E service has been temporarily closed since May 2002 when the service provided at Dunbar Hospital was transferred to the A & E Department at Caithness General Hospital in Wick.
Dr Alison Brooks, who is leading
much of the work locally to re-instate the service, said:
As you would expect, this is a very complex process and we want to make sure that everyone is fully trained in what they should do in every scenario. We had originally expected that the new service would commence around the 1st February 2003. However, the nurse training being provided by Robert Gordon University is not yet complete. The Accident and Emergency service will re-open on 28th February 2003. Whilst this slight delay is regrettable, it important that the time is taken to ensure a safe service is provided for the people of Thurso.
Dr. Brooks continued:
Mr Paul Martin, Chief Executive of
Highland Primary Care NHS Trust, agreed:
An open afternoon will be held prior to the re-opening of the Unit, when the public will have an opportunity to see the new equipment and how it will work. This will take place at the hospital on Friday 21st February from 2.00pm 4.00pm.
Alex Robertson, Charge Nurse at the Hospital added:
The nursing staff are very enthusiastic and positive about the new service and look forward to working for the benefit of patients in the new system.