OPENING hours at Ormskirk Hospital’s Children’s A&E department will be extended to midnight from Monday, October 19.
The unit had been closed between 10pm and 8am daily from Monday, April 6 this year, because the Trust could not maintain safe and consistent medical cover due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The unit will now be open from 8am to midnight.
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust chief executive Trish Armstrong-Child said: “A significant workforce challenge remains around 24/7 cover given the uncertainty around Covid infections and the continued, and potential, impact on staffing.
“However, I am pleased to say the clinical team have been able to strengthen cover available to extend the opening hours. From Monday, October 19, when new rosters come into effect, Children’s A&E will open from 8am to midnight with medical cover available until 2am.”
A review will take place in January 2021 to assess the impact of the pandemic on the service.