HEALTH bosses at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are urging people who have a minor injury such as a fracture or cut to get it treated at Malvern’s Minor Injury Unit.
Winter is traditionally a busier time in the NHS but current demand at the county’s two A&E departments in Redditch and Worcester has been described as unprecedented.
Because of the increased demand, Trust chiefs are urging those with more minor injuries which do not require emergency treatment to attend the MIU, where waiting times are a fraction of what can be expected at A&E.
Community care lead Matt Stringer said: “We know that there is a significant number of people who go to A&E with a minor injury which can be treated much quicker at one of the Minor Injury Units.
“On average people wait around 20 minutes to be seen at an MIU and if more people with minor injuries use this service it would free up capacity at A&E so our colleagues there can support those people who do need emergency care.”