Minor injuries to be treated by local GPs from next spring

November 04 2015

PEOPLE in the Downend area should be able to have minor injuries treated at their local GP practices on weekdays from next spring.

PEOPLE in the Downend area should be able to have minor injuries treated at their local GP practices on weekdays from next spring.
At weekends, it is hoped that a service will be provided at Cossham Hospital.
Campaigners are still battling for a seven-day-a-week minor injuries unit (MIU) at Cossham, saying this makes sense as there are X-ray facilities on site.
But South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to try out offering treatement at surgeries closer to people’s homes and is delighted that all 25 practices in its area have expressed an interest in offering the service for their registered patients.
It would be provided by practice-based nurses, supported by GPs, and would complement the MIUs at Yate and Southmead.
A two-year trial scheme for the treatment of sprains and strains, cuts and grazes, and minor burns and scalds is set to start in April 2016.
Dr Ann Sephton, of the CCG, said: “Improving urgent and emergency care services in South Gloucestershire, particularly for frail and vulnerable elderly people, is a top priority for us.
“One of our key aims is to provide more care closer to patients’ homes. This approach will help to ensure that everyone in South Gloucestershire is much closer to a minor injuries service.”
The advice remains that people who experience major injury or illness, such as severe breathlessness, abdominal pain, chest pain or stroke, should call 999.
GP practices will continue to provide all of their current services, including those for minor illness, long-term conditions and general family practice.
Further information and updates on the new service will be published at www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/minorinjuries