Minor injuries pilot scheme planned for GP practices

August 31 2015

A PILOT scheme aimed at improving minor injuries services in South Gloucestershire is set to be launched.

A PILOT scheme aimed at improving minor injuries services in South Gloucestershire is set to be launched.
 Health bosses propose to make a decision on the two-year pilot when they meet at the end of September.
If it goes ahead, an increasing range of health care will become available at GP surgeries, making it easier for people to get help closer to home.
But with concerns raised recently about the future of Yate Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) stressed the pilot scheme would complement existing services at the MIU, as well as those at Southmead Hospital.
The CCG plan will involve practice-based nurses, supported by GPs, running minor injuries services.
Extra staff and resources have been pledged to provide the necessary extra capacity to deal with injuries such as minor burns, scalds, fractures, eye and head injuries. Sprains, strains, cuts, grazes and bites will also be treated.
However, more serious injuries, including anything requiring immediate plastering or crutches, as well as major problems such as severe breathlessness, severe abdominal pain, severe chest pain or strokes, will still be dealt with by A&E services.
The proposal is all part of efforts to reduce unnecessary visits to hospitals. GP practices have supported the pilot in principle and the CCG has asked the public for comments before it decides whether to go ahead with the scheme.
A questionnaire can be completed by visiting www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/minorinjuries before 7pm on September 11.
Dr Ann Sephton, deputy clinical chairwoman at the CCG, said: “We believe our proposal is the best and most cost-effective option for improving local access to minor injury services.”
Although the scheme will offer weekday-only appointments from 8.30am-6.30pm, options for an out-of-hours service are being considered. The CCG also hopes to have a new X-ray service that would give quicker results.
During the pilot, feedback from patients and local people will assess how it’s working, its cost and clinical effectiveness.
Yate MIU opened in 2010 but its provision has not led to a cut in demand on local A&E services and its X-ray facility is only open on weekdays.
Some people also turn up with conditions that can be treated by a GP or should involve a hospital visit.