Healthwatch wants to hear about GP minor injuries service

February 28 2017

AN independent watchdog for South Gloucestershire wants to hear from people in the district who have used the minor injuries service offered by their GP practice.

 AN independent watchdog for South Gloucestershire wants to hear from people in the district who have used the minor injuries service offered by their GP practice.

Healthwatch South Gloucestershire is the official organisation through which residents can have their say about health and social care services.

It said all of the area’s GP practices offered a minor injuries service for registered patients and it wanted to find out the views of people who had used it instead of going to a hospital’s A&E department. 

It also wants to find out from residents if they think such a service is a good alternative to A&E and if they are even aware that it exists.

The service is available during normal GP surgery opening times on weekdays but appointments have to be booked through the practice.

At other times, calling NHS 111 for advice is recommended, although any major injury or illness, such as severe breathlessness, abdominal pain, chest pain, major broken bones or stroke, requires calling an ambulance on 999.

Details on how to make comments on the minor injuries service are available by emailing info@healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk by visiting www.healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk or by calling 01454 543402.