If you live in and around Peterborough you can now use a new Minor Illness and Injuries Unit (MIIU) on Thorpe Road from today (Tuesday 1 October 2013).
So if you need something like a wound stitching, an X-ray or to ahve acast applied this is now the place to go!
The service, which has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will offer a wider range of treatments and urgent care services and the MIIU is based at the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road.
The main aim of the MIIU unit is to help take the strain off the accident and emergency service, which is often used unnecessarily at a cost of £1.3million a year.
Cath Mitchell, Local Chief Officer Borderline and Peterborough Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs), said: “The new Minor Illness and Injury Unit (MIIU) is a significant development in our plans to improve and reshape GP and urgent care services in Peterborough. It will offer wider access to a range of treatments and facilities which will reduce the need for people to attend A&E with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries alongside strengthening the current out of hours GP services in the city.”
The MIIU will be run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), which has extensive experience of providing this kind of care through Minor Injuries Units in Spalding and Gainsborough, Urgent Care Centres in Louth and Skegness, and Lincoln’s Walk-in Centre.
Liz Ball, General Manager for the South of LCHS, said: “We are very excited to be offering services to patients in Peterborough. We have been working hard over the last few months to ensure there will be a smooth transition from the Walk-in Centre to the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit.
“In the MIIU we can treat minor injuries and illnesses from strains and sprains, to broken bones, minor burns and bites. It is often unnecessary to make a trip to A&E, when you can easily be treated here, with your local pharmacist or GP. We also aim to start patient treatment within 45 minutes of them arriving.”