THE under-threat minor injuries unit at Cannock Chase Hospital looks set to be saved from the axe thanks to a U-turn by health bosses.
Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group is putting forward fresh proposals to keep the unit following outrage in the town.
The CCG had announced plans earlier this year to potentially shut the service, which is currently available seven days a week from 8am to midnight.
But it caused major opposition with campaigners calling for it to remain. Many said it was the only way they could gain quick access to a GP.
Now following weeks of discussion bosses feel it would be easier to keep the unit but allow GPs to take over the running of it.
It would be called Cannock Primary Care Access Centre and provide a GP-led service from 1-6pm Monday to Friday. During out of hours the CCG would contract a provider to operate a services from 6pm to midnight.
The plans will be discussed at a meeting of the Healthy Staffordshire Select Committee on Monday. The CCG is proposing a consultation is held but it is likely the new service will go ahead from September.
Andy Donald, chief officer of Cannock Chase CCG said: “The CCG is now proposing a change in service and a redesign of the service rather than a wholesale closure of the unit.”