Redcar Urgent Treatment Centre opens today (28 October 2019), replacing the minor injury unit at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.
The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) enhances the services available from the Redcar Hospital site, providing treatment and advice for minor illnesses as well as minor injuries.
Opening times remain as 8am to 9.30pm and the centre is open 365 days a year – including all bank holidays – with access to x-ray facilities.
Pre-bookable appointments are available via NHS 111 where appropriate, but patients can still walk in. Free parking is available on site.
The change is part of a national drive to introduce UTCs across the country by December 2019 to ensure patients have the same experience of urgent services regardless of where they are in the country.
Julie Suckling, urgent and emergency care service manager for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is hoped this new standard will reduce any confusion around which part of the NHS offers which service, in turn reducing the number of people who attend emergency departments when they could be treated more appropriately elsewhere.
“If you have a non life threatening problem and you’re not sure what to do, you should call NHS 111 and they will direct you to the most appropriate service. If you need an urgent face-to-face appointment NHS 111 may direct you to your closest urgent treatment centre.
“The UTC can treat a range of conditions such as strains and sprains, abdominal pain, eye problems, suspected broken limbs, feverish illness and minor head injuries.”
For more information visit southtees.nhs.uk/hospitals/redcar