Minor injuries scheme gets go ahead

Published on: 31 Oct 2014

A SCHEME in which GP surgeries provide treatment for patients with minor injuries is to be tried out in South Gloucestershire.

The area’s Clinicial Commissioning Group has not yet announced which medical practices will be involved in the pilot scheme.

It says it believes most people would prefer to be treated close to home and in a place with which they are familiar.

The CCG has put on hold a decision over a proposed minor injuries unit (MIU) at the reopened Cossham Hospital in Kingswood until after the GP trial. It says the unit has not been ruled out.

Campaigners for the promised MIU at Cossham Hospital say they will keep on fighting. They are doubtful that the CCG’s proposals will work, given that local doctors’ surgeries are already under pressure.

Reg Bennett, who led the battle in 2005 that led to Cossham being saved and given a £19 million revamp, said members were planning a demonstration on November 19, when the situation is due for discussion by South Gloucestershire councillors.

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