Patients are being reminded that the way they access minor injury units will change this April.
From 1 April 2015 the minor injury units at Guisborough and East Cleveland Primary Care Hospitals will no longer be open and anyone from these areas requiring treatment for a minor injury will need to attend Redcar Primary Care Hospital’s urgent care centre.
Redcar’s urgent care centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be offering extended x-ray department opening hours.
The changes were announced last year following an extensive three-month public consultation as part of South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s IMProVE (Integrated Management and Proactive care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) programme.
To find out more about the IMProVE consultation and the reasons behind service changes please visit southteesccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/improve/.
Julie Suckling, emergency department directorate manager said: “This change will enable a broader range of urgent care conditions to be assessed and treated at Redcar by emergency care practitioners.
“We are also reminding people that your local pharmacy offers fast, effective expert advice on common complaints and the best medicine to treat them without the need for an appointment. If you need health advice or information about local health services contact NHS 111 by dialling 111 or visit www.nhs.uk.”
Dr Janet Walker Chair South Tees CCG said: ““The CCG is working in partnership with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and with Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland local authorities to improve services for the vulnerable, elderly and those with long-term conditions in the area.
“The changes made through the IMProVE programme will help us to invest in more services in the community to benefit not only the elderly and vulnerable but the whole of the South Tees population by getting more services closer to people’s homes, reducing the reliance on hospital based services.”