University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) update on services 30 March 2020

From this week (30 March) a number of temporary changes will be made to services to ensure that both of our hospitals, patients and our staff remain as safe as possible. 


The  Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) based at Royal Stoke will cease to operate from Monday 30 March as a PICU with the intention all children will be temporarily transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital who will continue to receive our patients for the duration of the virus.  This will ensure our staff can be trained and the unit, at Royal Stoke, can be used to care for adult patients requiring ventilation as a result of Covid -19.

Minors at Emergency Department

Steps have also been taken to ensure we can prioritise our sickest patients and protect staff in our emergency department.

These include:

  • 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. 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.

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


From 30 March, all routine appointments will be cancelled in order to minimise the risk of infection and ensure all NHS resources are directed to where they are needed at this time. 

Patients who have a scheduled appointment, will be contacted to advise if they need to attend or to arrange a different way of speaking to them, such as a telephone consultation, where possible.  

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