A hospital’s minor injuries unit will be permanently led by experienced nurses after a six month pilot was judged to be a success.
Two emergency nurse practitioners will run the unit at Stamford Hospital, in Ryhall Road.
The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust began the pilot in January and it was extended after an initial six months.
Peterborough City Hospital already has an established emergency nurse practitioner service and links between the two facilities have developed over the past year.
Sister and emergency nurse practitioner Julie Orr said: “By working across both the Peterborough and Stamford sites we can ensure that patients receive the same high level of care and have been able to establish strong links within the team.
“The trust hasn’t employed more staff, just changed the skill mix. We now have two emergency nurse practitioners and a nurse or healthcare assistant as support. The levels of patients that we have seen are about the same as last year, but these would need to be verified by our year end numbers.”
Director of care quality and chief nurse Chris Wilkinson added: “Staff at Stamford have been working hard to make the emergency nurse practitioner service a success in the minor injuries unit and the feedback received from patients has been extremely positive.
“We have been developing our emergency nurse practitioner service since 2003 and this approach has meant that the team is highly skilled and experienced and able to provide the same level of service at Stamford.”
The pilot was one of the first steps of the trust’s £3.8m plan to redevelop the Stamford Hospital site.
The scheme was put on hold while health watchdog Monitor carried out an investigation into the trust, but it was finally approved in October.