Patients welcome pilot minor injuries scheme at GP surgeries

May 31 2016

A YATE GP practice said a minor injuries pilot scheme recently launched in South Gloucestershire had been well received by patients.

A YATE GP practice said a minor injuries pilot scheme recently launched in South Gloucestershire had been well received by patients.
The two-year project involves surgeries dealing with minor injuries, with practice-based nurses being supported by family doctors.
Minor burns, scalds, fractures, eye and head injuries, sprains, cuts and bites are among the injuries that can be treated.
The service complements the Yate Minor Injuries Unit, which local councillors are concerned to protect, and eases pressure on hospital accident and emergency departments.
It allows patients to see a nurse in the GP surgery where they are registered on the same day instead of waiting for treatment at a minor injury unit (MIU) or hospital A&E department. South Gloucestershire is thought to be the only area in the country in which every patient with a minor injury can be dealt with straight away by GP practice staff during surgeries’ normal opening hours.
All 25 GP practices in the district are taking part in the pilot, which only started in April and will be monitored and evaluated during the time it runs.
Dr Nick Mansfield, of the Wellington Road Family Practice in Yate, said: “We’ve had ten people use the new service so far and the feedback we have had is that it is an efficient and excellent service.”
South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has funded the scheme, with the first return of statistics due after three months.
But Dr Ann Sephton, deputy clinical chairwoman at the CCG, said initial feedback had been positive.
She said: “We’re so pleased that this has been a successful start to our minor injury service, which we believe is unique in England and may be copied in many other areas.
“The practices, their nurses and our CCG have combined to launch a scheme which has been really appreciated by the patients who have used it so far.
“We still have a long way to go before the end of this pilot so we will be interested to see what demand there is during the school holidays and other peak times, as well as the impact this additional service has on our MIUs and emergency departments.”
If an injury requires other treatment, patients can be referred to a GP, emergency department, MIU or X-ray unit