Temporary changes have been made to the opening times of the minor injuries unit at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital.
Due to staffing pressures, the unit is now open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm on weekends/bank holidays, instead of the usual round-the-clock service.
Patients with any minor injuries or minor illness are being asked not to turn up outside of opening hours but to use alternative local services including the urgent care centre in Redcar, local GP walk-in centres or the out-of-hours-service or accident and emergency at The James Cook University Hospital.
The public are also being advised that the unit will be closed completely for a short period of time from 5pm on Friday 4 January 2013 to 9am on Monday 21 January, while essential maintenance work is carried out at Guisborough Hospital. The unit has to close as the work will involve disruption to the water – and potentially – electricity supply.
General advice for patients includes:
- Using the urgent care centre at Redcar Primary Care Hospital on West Dyke Road, Redcar, TS10 4NW
- If you need to see a GP in the evening (after 6.30pm), at the weekend or on a bank holiday phone the out-of-hours service on 0300 123 1851 or text phone for people with hearing loss 0300 123 1932. This service is provided by Northern Doctors Urgent Care (NDUC).
- The out-of-hours service cannot see patients on a walk-in basis. Please phone 0300 123 1851 for advice first.
- If someone has an illness or injury which is serious do not stop to think about how to get the patient to hospital. Phone 999 straight away
General information about the temporary changes is also available on Facebook and Twitter.