Yate Minor Injuries Unit open for longer
YATE Minor Injuries Unit is now open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, including bank holidays.
This is an increase from its previous hours which were 8am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, and just the mornings at the weekend and on bank holidays.
X-ray services will also now be available seven days a week. From Monday to Friday the hours will be 8am to 7.30pm. At the weekend and on bank holidays the hours will be from 9am to 5.30pm.
Patients will also be able to get a GP referral to Yate MIU for an X-ray. Until now there have been no X-ray services at the MIU on weekends or bank holidays.
The move comes after consultation with residents who said they wanted longer hours. Local politicians of all parties have also been campaigning for the increase.
The unit provides walk-in treatment for minor injuries such as cuts, sprains, broken bones, scalds, bites, minor head injuries, and foreign bodies in the eye.
It isn’t able to re-dress wounds, review wounds, remove stitches or see any injury over two weeks old. It also can’t treat minor illnesses, such as earache, coughs and colds, and stomach ache.
The extended hours at the MIU are just one of a range of measures being introduced by the North Bristol NHS Trust to improve urgent care and relieve pressure on local A&E departments.
GP opening hours are also being extended and pharmacies are improving their advice to help people treat their own minor ailments.