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Minor injuries services
Minor injuries services are there to help with injuries that need attention urgently but are not critical or life threatening – such as:
- sprains, strains, cuts and grazes
- arm, foot and leg injuries
- bites, minor burns and scalds
- broken bones
- minor head injuries
- eye problems such as scratches and foreign bodies in the eye.
These injuries should be treated promptly to prevent them becoming more serious.
Minor Injuries Services treat children as well as adults. They are also in in convenient places and you can be seen much more quickly than at A&E.
Minor injuries services in South Gloucestershire are made up of Minor Injuries Units and a new minor injuries service that operates within local GPs practices.
Minor Injuries Units
Most minor injuries units are open long hours. You don't need to make an appointment and you'll be seen by nursing staff in a calm, relaxed setting.
Minor Injuries Units are usually able to see you much more quickly than A&E. In fact, many A&E departments will pass you on to the nearest walk-in centre or minor injuries unit if your condition isn't serious enough for A&E – so you could save considerable time if you go straight there.
Details of minoir injuries units in South Gloucestershire can be found below, or you can search for your nearest minor injuries unit by postcode.
Your nearest minor injuries units
West Gate Centre, 21 West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX
Telephone: 01454 315 355
Open 7 days a week including bank holidays
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 1.30pm
X-ray available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Gate 35, Level 0, Brunel building, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB.
Emergency Department Main Reception Gate 35
Telephone: 0117 4145100 or 0117 4145101.
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week including bank holidays.
The minor injuries unit at Southmead Hospital is based inside the Emergency Department, meaning that patients can be immediately directed to the right place for treatment. It treats children as well as adults.
South Gloucestershire GP practice-based minor injuries service
All practices in South Gloucestershire offer a minor injuries service for registered patients. The service is available during normal GP surgery opening times on weekdays.
You will need to book an appointment through your surgery to use the service.
When booking your appointment, you will be asked a few questions to establish whether the service can provide the most effective treatment for your needs. If appropriate, you will be offered an appointment on the same day.
At your appointment, you will be seen by a nurse trained in treating minor injuries.
If your condition is considered to be more or less serious, you may be referred to a GP, another care centre, or given advice about self-care.
If you, or a member of your family, suffer a minor injury outside of normal GP opening hours you can ring NHS 111 for advice. Calls are free and the service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The advice remains that if you experience a major injury or illness, such as severe breathlessness, abdominal pain, chest pain, major broken bones or stroke, you should call 999.
Minor injuries service leaflet
Information leaflet on the minor injuries service based in South Gloucestershire GPs Practices.
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