Residents in the Beverley area can benefit from the extension to the opening hours of the existing minor injuries service at East Riding Community Hospital to include weekends and Bank Holidays over the winter period.
The Minor Injuries Unit, operated by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, currently opens Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, but growing numbers of patients have been attending the hospital on a weekend seeking treatment.
Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which owns the hospital, has been working with NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide additional community nursing staff.
As a result, the MIU is now open 9am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, apart from Christmas Day, for a six month period.
It is hoped this will help people avoid making unnecessary visits to Accident and Emergency, especially during the busy winter months.
“A significant number of people tend to arrive at the hospital outside of normal hours, without an appointment, expecting to find the Minor Injuries Unit open,” explained Angie Mason, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Nursing for Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
“When staff with the right clinical skills have been available, the GP Out of Hours Service also based at the hospital has been able to treat many of these “walk in” patients with minor injuries on a weekend rather than simply redirecting people to other MIUs or to Accident and Emergency in Hull. The addition of an extra advanced nurse practitioner and a support worker will help them provide a full minor injuries service, particularly over the busy winter period.”