Minor injuries pilot scheme welcomed by councillors

September 28 2015

HEALTH chiefs at South Gloucestershire Council have welcomed plans to test a new minor injuries service in GP practices.

HEALTH chiefs at South Gloucestershire Council have welcomed plans to test a new minor injuries service in GP practices.

As previously reported, a two-year pilot scheme proposed as a way of improving the service in the district is set to be launched.

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 and reducing the need to go to hospital A&E departments.

The South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) outlined its plans at a recent meeting of the council’s health scrutiny committee.

Under the proposals, minor injuries will be dealt with by practice-based nurses, supported by GPs.

Minor burns, scalds, fractures, eye and head injuries, sprains, cuts and bites will be among the injuries that will be treated. But more serious injuries will still be dealt with by A&E services.

Councillor Toby Savage, chairman of the committee, said: “Now that we have been able to examine more of the detail, it’s clear that this new service should benefit the whole of South Gloucestershire.

“Under these proposals, residents will have the convenience of being able to access minor injuries services through their local GP practice during working hours.

“Importantly, there is then a central role for Cossham Hospital to provide an out-of-hours minor injuries service.

“I think being able to go to your local GP practice for a greater range of health issues is a great step forward. This is a pilot and we will continue to scrutinise the CCG, particularly around appointment availability and X-ray.”

There have been concerns about the impact of the change on Yate Minor Injuries Unit but the CCG has said the pilot scheme would complement existing services at the unit.