Non-emergency patients encouraged to use Minor Injury Unit at Christmas
December 21 2016
Southampton residents are being asked to consider using the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at Royal South Hants Hospital throughout the festive period to help take some of the strain from Accident & Emergency departments.
The team will be on hand to offer help and advice on a wide range of minor injuries throughout Christmas and the New Year period – no appointment necessary. The MIU is open from 8am to 10pm during the bank holiday weekends (the last patient is accepted at 9.30pm) and 7.30am to 10pm on weekdays.
Care UK Hospital Director Penny Daniels said: “The Christmas and New Year holidays are times when A&E services can get very busy. People are out and about and accidents happen, especially when the weather is icy. We can offer NHS patients X-ray facilities and treatment in a relaxed environment.
“Average waiting times are generally significantly shorter than those at A&E and we are seeing around 100 per cent of patients treated within the Government’s targets.
“Added to this, many doctors’ surgeries are closed for a three-day period twice in a fortnight: people may have a developing issue that needs treatment before the surgeries re-open, but that does not require them to attend A&E.”
For adults and children, the team are able to:
◾Stitch and close wounds
◾Remove foreign bodies from ears, noses etc.
◾Dress minor wounds, cuts and grazes
◾Apply casts to broken limbs
◾X-ray arms and legs (for those over two years old)
You can follow the current waiting times for the walk-in service on Twitter by @Soton_MIU.