City Health Care Partnership CIC and NHS Hull CCG are working together to help ease the increased demand on A&E services over the winter.
From 5 December Bransholme MIU, located at Bransholme Health Centre, will extend its opening hours to operate from 9 am until 8 pm seven days a week (except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when it will be open 9am to 5pm) to treat people for minor injuries such as burns and scalds, insect bites and stings and sprains. The new opening hours will be running until March 2015.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals (HEYHT) NHS Trust is experiencing a larger than expected volume of people attending the Accident and Emergency (A&E) service. Significant numbers are arriving with less serious injuries which could be seen and treated by more appropriate services such as Minor Injuries Units (MIU) and pharmacies.
Minor Injuries Units can be a quicker alternative to A&E. It is not necessary to live locally or to make an appointment – you can simply walk in. Medical care is provided by highly trained and experienced Nurse Practitioners who treat the following conditions for patients over 18 months old:
Cuts, grazes and lacerations
Burns and scalds
Sprains and strains
Bites and stings
Minor head injuries
Minor ear, nose and throat injuries
Minor eye injuries
The MIU will also be able to fast track patients to x-ray at Hull Royal, so they won’t have to wait in A&E but can be referred straight to the x-ray department.
Bransholme MIU is operated by City Health Care Partnership CIC. Chief executive Andrew Burnell said, “We are very happy to be able work with our NHS partners to help ease the pressure on the A&E service. Our nursing staff will be working overtime to allow the MIU to open for longer and we hope that anyone with a minor injury will be coming to Bransholme or our unit at the Freedom Centre on Preston Road.”
Julia Mizon, Director of Commissioning and Partnership at NHS Hull CCG said, “Many people go straight to Accident and Emergency when they could be treated just as professionally and usually more quickly at an MIU. The increase in MIU opening hours will help to meet the needs of people quickly and appropriately and allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions.
“All NHS partner organisations are working together, with HEYHT as provider of hospital emergency services, to ensure that we effectively manage the pressures of the winter months.”
If a condition is not a life threatening (999) emergency people can contact NHS 111 for medical advice in the first instance.
Pharmacies are also a good source of advice and the majority of local pharmacies in Hull have a Minor Ailments Scheme for patients who are exempt from paying for prescriptions. Your pharmacist will explain how the scheme works and will see patients without a prior appointment.
Minor Injuries Units in Hull:
Bransholme Health Centre
Tel: 01482 344665
9am - 8pm every day
9am – 5pm Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Tel: 01482 344580
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm only
GP walk-in services in Hull:
Story Street Walk in Centre
Wilberforce Health Centre
6 – 10 Story Street
Tel: 01482 3351808.00am-8.00pm 7 days a week and Bank Holidays
You don't have to be registered and you don't need an appointment to access services at Story Street Walk in Centre.