With continued pressure on Truro’s emergency department, people coming to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with minor injuries and aliments will be redirected to alternative services until after the New Year holiday.
“We need our clinical teams to be able to focus on those who really need their specialist skills, so we’ve taken the decision to redirect patients to alternative services during the minor injury unit opening hours,” explains Susan Bracefield, RCHT’s Director of Operations.
“It will mean we can free up nurses and doctors to support those with serious and life-threatening emergencies and with speeding up discharge arrangements for patients who are ready to go home or to other care settings. It’s vital that we maintain a safe service for everyone and there are a lot of people who come to us who can easily be seen and treated elsewhere.”
There are 11 minor injury units across Cornwall is easy reach of most of the population, many of them open until 10pm.
Minor injury units can treat a range of conditions which have occurred during the previous 14 days. These include sprains and strains; broken bones; minor burns and scalds; head injuries (but not if someone is unconscious); insect and animal bites and stings; minor eye injuries, cuts, bruising and grazes. You will be seen by an experienced nurse, without an appointment.
For those who aren’t sure if their injury is minor and can be treated in a minor injury unit, they can telephone their local unit before setting out (and also confirm the availability of x-ray facilities, if thought to be needed), or call NHS 111. The links below provide opening times, directions and contact details.
Up to the minute waiting times for all minor injury units and the urgent treatment centre at Penzance – which is open 24 hours a day – can be found on our website.