Consider visiting a minor injury unit instead of A&E, patients asked

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

First published in Local

PATIENTS in Worcestershire who have suffered minor injuries such as cuts, grazes, sprains and minor burns are being asked to help ease the pressure on A&E departments by visiting a minor injury unit instead.

A recent poll by Healthwatch England found two thirds of people in the country were worried about pressures on hospitals but 18 per cent admitted visiting A&E for non-emergency care outside GP opening hours.

In an effort to fight the problem Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is urging people to consider visiting one of the five Minor Injury Units in the county in Malvern, Evesham, Tenbury, Bromsgrove and Kidderminster Hospital.

Waiting times at each unit are generally less than 20 minutes and it is likely the total time spent in a visit - including travel - will be less than that spent at A&E.

Community care lead with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Matt Stringer said: "If more people with minor injuries use this service it would free up capacity at A&E so our colleagues there can support those people who do need emergency care.

"If you are unsure whether your injury can be treated at an MIU then you can call in advance and a member of staff will be able to advise.”

For more details on Minor Injury Units in Worcestershire visit www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/minor-injuries-units/

More alternative services can be found at www.isaandeforme.com

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12:53am Wed 5 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Yes and they are closing the Walk In Centre in Farrier Street, which will remain a regular GP practice for it's 5,000 registered patients and a new Walk In Centre will be provided at Worcester Royal Hospital. So taking a very popular service out of the Town Centre and pushing it out of town with terrible parking problems. So much for the pratical thinking of the Urgent Care Strategy..
Yes and they are closing the Walk In Centre in Farrier Street, which will remain a regular GP practice for it's 5,000 registered patients and a new Walk In Centre will be provided at Worcester Royal Hospital. So taking a very popular service out of the Town Centre and pushing it out of town with terrible parking problems. So much for the pratical thinking of the Urgent Care Strategy.. Jabbadad
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9:26am Wed 5 Mar 14

cvbnm, says...

People living in Droitwich don't have this option.
People living in Droitwich don't have this option. cvbnm,
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1:27pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

There are almost 100,000 people living in Worcester plus the thousands more who come into work and could make use of a walk In Centre, and any treatment received was sent via the internet to your own Doctors..
And the point trying to be made was that it was in the City Centre and people who work could attend without losing time from work, since it opened in the evenings and early mornings, now they will have to travel out of the City to the Royal where there are terrible parking problems.
It's not a teritorial case it's a case of taking a very good facility and placing it in a less available situation. And of course all the health facilities in Worcester are available to all, and you don't hear worcester people complaining about those who do use them.
There are almost 100,000 people living in Worcester plus the thousands more who come into work and could make use of a walk In Centre, and any treatment received was sent via the internet to your own Doctors.. And the point trying to be made was that it was in the City Centre and people who work could attend without losing time from work, since it opened in the evenings and early mornings, now they will have to travel out of the City to the Royal where there are terrible parking problems. It's not a teritorial case it's a case of taking a very good facility and placing it in a less available situation. And of course all the health facilities in Worcester are available to all, and you don't hear worcester people complaining about those who do use them. Jabbadad
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