Minor Injuries care and support

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Press Release #167

16 August 2011

Care available across Great Yarmouth and Waveney for minor injuries

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney is advising people needing immediate medical attention for minor illness or minor injury during weekends to visit NHS Greyfriars in Great Yarmouth or the Minor Injuries Units in Beccles Hospital, Beccles.

At both locations anyone can be seen regardless of where they are registered from 8am-8pm 365 days each year. No appointment is needed. The most common reasons for attending are minor illness or minor injury, such as minor burns or cuts.

The call to visit either NHS Greyfriars, located at 5 Greyfriars Way, Great Yarmouth or the Minor Injuries Unit at Beccles Hospital, St Mary’s Road, Beccles is part of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney’s Choose Well campaign, which advises people to choose their care wisely to gain the most appropriate treatment for their condition.

The first option is self care – many minor illnesses can be treated with rest and a well-stocked medicines cabinet at home. Pharmacists will be able to offer you advice about over-the-counter medicines – such as coughs and colds.

If you have a minor injury or illness that needs treatment, but isn’t urgent, you should call your GP. Remember the out of hours service is for urgent problems only, can it wait until morning?

If you or your child needs to be seen immediately but does not have a serious illness or injury, you can access treatment during the week at the following locations:

. NHS Greyfriars walk-in centre, 5 Greyfriars Way, Great Yarmouth. Open daily from 8am to 8pm. Appointments aren’t necessary. Call 01493 335340.

. Beccles MIU, Beccles Hospital, St Mary’s Road. Open daily from 8am to 8pm. Call 01502 719820.

. Southwold MIU, Southwold Surgery, York Road. Open from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Call 01502 722326.

. Halesworth MIU, Patrick Stead Hospital, Bungay Road. Open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Call 01986 872124.

The Out of Hours service can be reached on 0844 736 9530

There are 50 community pharmacies across NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney’s area. Pharmacy opening times can be found on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk. You can also call NHS Direct for details of pharmacy services available in your area on 0845 46 47.

Issued by the Communications Team at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney. For more information, please contact Natalie Williams on 01502 719582 or visit www.gywpct.nhs.uk

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