From 8am on Monday 30 March the Emergency Department at Royal Stoke University Hospital will no longer treat minor injuries in adults or children in order to free up vital resources.

During this time Haywood Hospital’s Walk-in Centre will be able to provide these essential services to the local community between 7am-9.30pm every day. Orthopaedic surgeons and emergency nurse practitioners from Royal Stoke will join the Haywood Walk-in Centre team to provide an enhanced service.

Minor injuries at County Hospital, Stafford will be seen at the fracture clinic between 9am and 6pm. Again, this service will be run by orthopaedic surgeons and emergency nurse practitioners. Outside of these hours you may be asked to return the following day during those hours.

Patients who have an eye emergency problem are also being asked not to attend hospital straight away and instead call a telephone number and speak to a specialist. The Emergency Eye Clinic will be available on 01782 674300 Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm and Sunday from 9 am to 12 noon.

All other emergency services at Royal Stoke, including the Major Trauma Service and the Children’s Emergency Department (ages 0 to 15) and County Hospital will be operating as normal for major injury and illness.