Minor Injury Opening Hours Extended

28 February 2013, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

From Monday 4th March 2013 the opening hours for the Minor Injury Unit in Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw Vale, will be extended to open between 9am - 7pm (Mon-Fri) ...

It will be closed on weekends and bank holidays.  
An Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) will be available during these hours with access to X-Ray diagnostic services.
We hope by extending the opening hours during the week more patients will be able to access the services provided in the unit. Feedback to staff has indicated that many people who work 9-5pm might access services if they were able to attend after work.
If we are able to increase the volume of patients attending this will mean that the high levels of skill the ENPs and nurses possess will be maintained, and the list of injuries they are able to treat can be extended further.      
Whilst Accident and Emergency Departments continue to provide care for the most serious conditions, e.g. people with, for instance, crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, signs of stroke or acute abdominal pain, the role of our Minor Injuries Units is vital in providing emergency healthcare locally for range of minor injuries.
The bigger Accident and Emergency Departments are increasingly busy with more serious cases so people with a minor injury will be seen much more promptly by nurses with high levels of skill in Minor Injury Units.
Currently the ENP is able to examine, interpret x-rays, diagnose and treat injuries sustained to hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles and feet (this list is continually expanding).
Simple pain relief can be given and all nurses are trained in emergency plaster application. 
Minor Injuries Units can treat the following –
·         Minor head injuries where there has been no loss of consciousness, no vomiting, no blurred vision         
          no headache, no nausea no dizziness.
·         Minor wounds
·         Limb injuries
·         Minor eye problems
·         Animal bites and stings
The skill of the ENP is not only treating minor injuries, but also identifying when a patient needs onward referral in cases where the condition is thought to be more serious.
Waiting times at both of our Minor Injury Units in Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach will be significantly less than in busy Accident and Emergency Departments.   
The Health Board will be monitoring the activity with the revision on times to ensure the nurses are able to maintain their skills.
Please note
If in doubt whether to attend, or for reassurance please call
(01495) 363318 - Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan
Open 9am – 7pm Monday – Friday.
(01443) 802248 - Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr (24 hours and open all bank holidays) 
When a condition is assessed as being more serious or needs the attention of a doctor, patients will be redirected to the most appropriate person or service to meet their needs.
Despite close links with local GP surgeries and primary care services in the community Minor Injury Units do not treat minor illness.