A REVIEW of fracture clinic services in Burnley has been brought forward by two months.
In August, a boss at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said the fracture clinic at Burnley General Hospital would be safe for at least six months.
But now the Trust is to hold a review of the service in December. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust originally said there would be two fracture clinics, so Burnley patients would not need to make the painful journey to Blackburn.
Mr Jeff Cottam, for the Trust, said: "We can confirm the fracture clinic at Burnley General Hospital will not shut in December. What is happening is that there will be a review of the whole orthopaedic service starting in December following the Meeting Patients Needs changes which came into effect on November 1st.
"This review is to improve the services we provide to patients and will look at a number of issues, one of which is the very busy fracture clinics across both sites which deal with emergency referrals from the urgent care centres and the emergency department as well as out-patient appointments.
"This review will take on board all issues to improve the service and a possible outcome from the review we will consider could be the increase in the number of clinics at Burnley General Hospital's fracture clinic."
At the moment, patients with broken bones in Burnley can still attend a fracture clinic at Burnley General Hospital, through the urgent care centre, as they would have done before the centre replaced the blue light accident and emergency services. They can also still have their plaster cast put on in the plaster room during clinic hours.
After this initial treatment in the urgent care centre at Burnley, if a patient needs to be referred to fracture clinic the patient will be given an appointment to be seen in clinic at Burnley.
However, if a consultant is based at Blackburn then means follow up treatment may sometimes need to be there. The Trust said if transport is needed, a patient transport ambulance may be used or a free shuttle bus, running about every 20 minutes, is available.
If the break is severe and the patient is brought by emergency ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital then may need to have follow-up treatment in Blackburn.