Yate Minor Injuries Unit celebrates first birthday

Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Yate Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is marking its first year of opening after treating almost 8,500 people.

The MIU, at the Yate West Gate Centre, offers a drop-in service for children and adults to treat a whole range of minor injuries from cuts to sprains, from bites to broken arms.

The Unit, run by South Gloucestershire Community Health Services which from April 2011 became part of North Bristol NHS Trust, was the first dedicated MIU in South Gloucestershire to be open seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

In its first year almost 8,500 patients have been treated at Yate MIU, with 98 percent of patients saying they were happy with the quality of care they were given.

The five most common injuries that people were treated at Yate MIU for were:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries 2,167
  • Fractures/Sprains   2,612
  • Lacerations             1,491
  • Bites and Stings       306
  • Minor head Injuries   398

Peter James, Yate MIU Matron, said: “Our first year has been really successful with so many people making use of the great care and facilities at Yate MIU to access swift treatment.

“More than half of patients that go to the Accident and Emergency Department could be dealt with in a minor injuries unit.

“With on-site X-ray facilities available from 9am – 5pm weekdays we can rapidly diagnose and treat patients, usually within two hours.

“The whole team is looking forward to the next year and to providing first rate care and treatment for the local community.” 

Patients at Yate MIU are seen by an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

An on-site digital X-ray facility and physiotherapy unit means that the Yate MIU can diagnose and treat a whole range of injuries including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Falls
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Broken arms and noses
  • Cuts and sprains
  • Bites
  • Eye problems such as scratches, foreign bodies in the eyes
  • Minor head injuries 
  • Patients do not need to make an appointment.

Yate MIU is open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 7.30pm on Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Minor injuries units do not treat minor illnesses such as a sore throat or temperature, which can be treated by your GP, or people with major injuries or medical conditions who should go to A&E or call 999.

Yate MIU can be contacted on 01454 315355.