Patients who need urgent medical attention for a condition that is NOT LIFE-THREATENING are being urged to go to Orsett Minor Injuries Unit rather than Basildon Hospital A&E.
The A&E at Basildon Hospital is currently extremely busy with very unwell patients and is asking anyone who is thinking of heading for A&E to STOP and THINK about the alternative options. (Posted 30 January)
If your condition - or that of a friend or relative - is not life-threatening please go to Orsett Minor Injuries Unit if you need urgent medical attention.
Orsett Minor Injuries Unit
Orsett Minor Injuries Unit provides a comprehensive nurse-led service which deals with a wide range of minor injuries. Wound care can be provided either as part of emergency care or when a review of a wound is required. The MIU tries to arrange for reoccurring wound care to be continued by the patient’s own GP and practice nurse service.
The MIU has access to X-ray, Monday to Friday until 4pm, and can request a range of views suitable to our needs. The X-ray requesting facilities available for patients attending the MIU are for the shoulder to the fingers and the knee to the toes only. The MIU does not X-ray children under seven years of age due to the complexity of interpreting their results. The MIU can refer to other community services such as district nurses and practice nurses for continued care as appropriate.
There is access to an extended scope physiotherapist patients can be referred for an initial assessment following an acute injury.
The MIU' s qualified staff are all immediate life-trained to use a defibrillator and appropriate airway support equipment.
Tel: 0300 300 1527
Fax: 0300 300 1628
Opening times: 10am to 7.30pm, Monday to Sunday (Closed at 6.30pm on last Thursday of each month for team meeting. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Please seek help from your local pharmacy or GP at the first sign of illness, such as a cough or cold, that can lead to more serious symptoms if left untreated.
If you are unsure of which service is the right one for their illness or injury, the NHS Choices website provides a symptom checker and information on how best to treat a wide range of less urgent problems. NHS Choices also has a search facility for local pharmacies, minor injury units and GP surgeries, including opening hours.
People with minor illnesses and lesser injuries should seek help and advice from their local pharmacist or GP.
NHS 111 is the number to call when you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency.
We would remind everyone that hospital A&E departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only. If you are in any doubt, please call NHS 111 – calls are answered by trained advisors who will assess your symptoms and direct you to the appropriate source of support.
Date: 30 January 2017