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Patients urged not to visit Lymington's urgent treatment centre due to staff shortages

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STAFF shortages have seen the temporary closure of Lymington hospital's urgent treatment centre, as patients are asked to seek treatment elsewhere.

The centre, which is open seven days a week from 8am until 9pm, consists of a GP-led team of nurse practitioners, specialist paramedics and experienced healthcare support workers who assess and treat or refer minor injuries for all ages of patients.

The urgent treatment centre within Lymington Hospital is closed today (Monday)
The urgent treatment centre within Lymington Hospital is closed today (Monday)

In a statement the centre announced it would be closed today (Monday). It said the closure was due to "staff shortage caused by illness". It added: "Patients are asked to seek care and advice from alternative healthcare providers. We are sorry for any inconvenience and will do our utmost to have services back to normal as quickly as possible."

The statement added that it hoped to reopen tomorrow (1st March) but advised patients to check online prior to attending, by visiting www.lymingtonutc.nhs.uk

Alternative healthcare providers include NHS 111, local pharmacies and GP surgeries. Anyone who is unsure of which service they need can get advice at www.usetherightservice.com

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