26th Oct, 2016

Go to MIU instead to ease A&E pressure

Evesham Editorial 8th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VALE residents who need non A&E medical treatment or advice are being urged to visit the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Evesham Community Hospital.

The average waiting time is less than 20 minutes and the hospital can treat a wide range of minor injuries such as cuts, grazes, wounds, sprains, strains and minor burns.

Accident and Emergency units across the country are currently experiencing huge pressure on services and a number of hospitals have declared ‘major incidents’.

Michele Haslam, MIU Team Leader, said: “Most people don’t realise what kind of services we provide and are quite happily surprised.

“Our service is regularly audited to ensure we are providing a good standard of service.

“Our most recent patient experience audit showed that 89 per cent of patients attending our MIU would highly recommend attendance here.”

“If more people with minor injuries used this service it would free up capacity at A&E so staff there can support those people who do need emergency care.” she added.

MIUs do not treat medical conditions such as colds, coughs, urine, chest or ear infections, anyone suffering from those is advised to speak to their local pharmacy or GP.

Residents unsure whether their injury can be treated at the MIU an also call in advance on 01386 502388 and a member of staff will be able to advise.

The MIU is located at Evesham Community Hospital on Waterside and open seven days a week from 8am to 11pm with the X-

Ray department open Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.