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Manx Emergency Doctor Service (M.E.D.S.) 15 December 2005

    The Department of Health and Social Security is pleased to announce the completion of refurbishments to the Manx Emergency Doctor Service’s headquarters.

    Steve Rodan, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said,

    “I am delighted with the refurbishment. This now ensures that Emergency Doctors will work in the best possible environment so that they can provide the best possible service.”

    The Department took over responsibility for Island wide ‘out-of-hours’ GP services in April 2003 when The Manx Emergency Doctors Service (M.E.D.S) was formed. This service was previously the responsibility of the GPs.

    M.E.D.S operates from Nobles Hospital and was, up until September this year, operating from shared accommodation in the Fracture Clinic area. However, during the summer months of 2005 the Fracture Clinic reception area and plaster clinic room were substantially refitted by the Estates Directorate of the Department of Health & Social Security to provide a shared reception and waiting area, and dedicated beverage bay and sleeping accommodation for M.E.D.S. The whole of the area was reinstalled and the high quality refurbishment has benefited patients in that they now may report to an appropriate reception and waiting area.

    In addition, the staff have a generous reception area to work from and have their own rest/sleeping quarters on site. The Department would like to thank the Estates Directorate for its completion and in particular Mr Keir Morris for the co-ordination of the project.

    In the near future there are plans for an IT system to be installed which will allow for the Service to operate in a near paperless environment and provide IT links to the GP Practices.

    15th December 2005

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