An NHS walk-in centre has shut after being hit by ‘severe staffing shortages’.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) closed the minor injuries unit at Leek Moorlands Hospital from 5pm today.
The ‘temporary’ closure is also being blamed on low attendance levels at the centre.
But the walk-in centre at Haywood Hospital, in Burslem, will now open two hours earlier at weekends. It will now open from 7am to 9.30pm every day.
The community pharmacy is also open at Haywood Hospital.
An MPFT spokesman said: “We have taken the decision to temporarily close Leek minor injuries unit in response to current staffing challenges coupled with low levels of attendance from the local population and to ensure that we continue to maintain patient and staff safety.
“This is a temporary closure and the minor injuries unit will reopen as soon as possible.
“People should call NHS 111 or visit a local pharmacy for advice relating to minor injuries or ailments.”