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Minor Injuries Service

bandaging_armThe practice is participating in the recently launched Local Enhanced Service (LES) that provides a minor injuries service to patients regardless of whether they are registered with the practice. The aim of the service is to encourage patients to use a local service rather than attending the A&E department at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The service does not require a pre-booked appointment and is available during core working hours for injuries occurring 24 hours prior to presentation at the practice.

The injury will be assessed within 30 minutes of attending and definitive treatment administered within a further 2 hours.

There are very specific criteria in respect of the type of injuries that can be seen and treated and the following list is not flexible:

  • Lacerations capable of closure by simple techniques (gluing, stripping, suturing)
  • Minor dislocations of phalanges (fingers and toes that do not require X-ray or A&E referral)
  • Nasal & aural foreign bodies, subungual haematoma (blood blister under nail) and splinters that need trephining (and do not require A&E referral)
  • Unblistered, partial thickness burns in adults only and on areas other than hands, face, feet and genitals. These burns should be smaller in size than the patients hand size. Children with burns and any burns caused by electrical discharge are excluded and cannot be seen.

Patients presenting any injury not listed above may be directed to St Mary's Walk-in Treatment Centre.

Please note there are no X-ray facilities at the surgery.


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