Minor injuries pilot service set for April launch after OK given by health bosses

November 03 2015

FORMAL approval has been given to a pilot scheme that increases patients’ choice of where to be treated for minor injuries in South Gloucestershire.

FORMAL approval has been given to a pilot scheme that increases patients’ choice of where to be treated for minor injuries in South Gloucestershire.
The two-year service, set to start next April, will involve GP surgeries dealing with minor injuries, with practice-based nurses being supported by family doctors.
Last month it was reported that health chiefs at South Gloucestershire Council had welcomed the pilot. Now members of the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have given it the go-ahead.
Minor burns, scalds, fractures, eye and head injuries, sprains, cuts and bites will be among the injuries that will be treated.
The new service is seen as a way of complementing the Yate Minor Injuries Unit, which local councillors are concerned to protect.
More serious injuries will still be treated by A&E services but giving people the chance to be seen closer to home should ease pressure on hospital staff.
Appointments for the new service will be available between 8.30am and 6.30pm on weekdays. The CCG is also working to offer a weekend minor injury service at Cossham Hospital.
All 25 GP practices in the district have expressed interest in running the service for their registered patients. During the two year trial it will be monitored and evaluated, with patients asked for feedback.