Use NHS Minor Injuries Unit to free up A&E this Xmas

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The local NHS is urging local people to use their local Minor Injuries Unit for treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, helping free up emergency care services for those most in need this Christmas.

Winter is expected to be extremely difficult for the NHS across the country, especially on A&E departments and GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.

To help ease this pressure on local services, the NHS is urging people with conditions such as minor burns and scalds; sprains and strains; cuts and bruises, skin infections or minor allergic reactions to visit their local Minor Injuries Unit for treatment.

  • Minor Injuries Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital Holtye Road, East Grinstead RH19 3DZ

The Minor Injuries Unit is open 8.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

You do not need to make an appointment and the team is experienced in treating people quickly and efficiently. You can find a list of what the Minor Injuries Unit can

help with at www.qvh.nhs.uk/minor-injuries-unit

If the Minor Injuries Unit is closed, the Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital is open 24 hours a day, including bank holidays over the festive period.

  • Urgent Treatment Centre, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7DH.

Dr Terry Lynch, Clinical Director at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “If you need urgent care that is not an emergency this Christmas, you can get treated quickly without an appointment at the local Minor Injuries Unit and help ease pressure on NHS emergency services and GPs.

“The NHS is doing everything it can to prepare for the extra winter pressures we expect to face, now we are calling the public to action through the #HelpMyNHS campaign to ensure they access the right service for their needs at the right time.”

The website www.sussexhelpmy.nhs.uk highlights the all the available alternatives to A&E visits or GP appointments, and has searchable listings on the most appropriate services available across Sussex to treat a range of illness and injuries.

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