Christmas and New Year can be a time for fun and laughter, but it can also be a time of accidental burns, bruises, sprains and cuts - some of which will be serious enough to need some urgent treatment.
The NHS in Somerset is urging members of the public not to go to busy district hospital Accident and Emergency Departments this Christmas and New Year holiday with only minor injuries and instead call NHS 111 or go to their nearest community hospital Minor Injury Unit.
There are seven Minor Injury Units at community hospitals in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Frome, Minehead, Shepton Mallet and West Mendip Hospital (Near Glastonbury).
Details of the Minor Injury Unit’s opening hours are available by calling NHS 111 (the number is free to call from mobiles or your home telephone) or by going online to the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust web site at: http://www.sompar.nhs.uk/what-we-do/community-hospitals/minor-injury-units/
The county’s Minor Injury Unit units have fully trained clinical staff who can stitch cuts, dress minor wounds, cuts and grazes and apply plaster casts as well as treat minor burns and scalds, minor eye injuries and sprains and strains.
Michael Paynter, an Emergency Nurse Consultant at the Minor Injury Unit at Bridgwater Community Hospital, says: “You can help yourself and relieve pressure on A&E by using the county’s Minor Injury Units this Christmas and New Year Holiday. There is no need to make an appointment to use the Minor Injuries Unit and it offers quick treatment close to home.”