Newton Abbot Minor Injury Unit extends x-ray services this festive season

22 December 2016

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has extended the opening hours for x-ray services this Christmas and New Year at Newton Abbot’s Minor Injury Unit (MIU).

With the festivities now in full swing, the unit, based at Newton Abbot Community Hospital, will be on-hand to help deal with any minor injuries or aliments people may have.

Newton Abbot MIU is open from 8am – 10pm, seven days a week. In addition, its x-ray services will also be available on the following dates from 9am – 6pm:

  • Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve)
  • Monday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Tuesday 27 December
  • Saturday 31 December (New Year’s Eve)
  • Sunday 1 January (New Year’s Day)
  • Monday 2 January

X-ray services would not ordinarily be available at Newton Abbot over weekends or on bank holidays.

Newton Abbot’s Minor Injury Unit is one of a number of MIUs located across Torbay and South Devon. The units can deal with:

  • cuts, grazes or wounds
  • sprains, strains, muscle or joint injury
  • broken bones (fracture)
  • skin complaints – bites or stings (including human bites), minor burns, including severe sunburn and minor skin infection which needs treatment
  • emergency contraception
  • minor head injury
  • eye problems such as a minor eye infection, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.

Liz Davenport, Chief Operating Officer at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are encouraging residents and visitors across Torbay and South Devon to choose the most appropriate NHS service to meet their needs over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Our Emergency Department (A&E) at Torbay Hospital sees around 70,000 patients each year, a number of whom have minor injuries or common illnesses and aliments that could have been self-medicated or treated by a more appropriate NHS service.

“In addition to our Minor Injury Units, there is also the NHS 111 advice line which is manned by trained nurses 24 hours a day, seven days and week. In addition, a number of pharmacies across Torbay and South Devon will be open over the festive period to ensure that medicines are readily available, and to provide expert health advice.”

The opening times, contact details and addresses of each Minor Injury Unit in Torbay and South Devon can be found via: www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk.

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