Don’t forget your local Minor Injury Unit is open this Easter

Published: 17 March 2016

In January, the Minor Injury Units (MIU) at Teignmouth Community Hospital and Dawlish Community Hospital merged to become one unit and the area’s centre of excellence for urgent care providing an improved service for the treatment of minor injuries.

The unit, which is based at Dawlish Community Hospital, is open 8am to 8pm seven days per week, 365 days per year. The MIU, run by a team of qualified and experienced nurses, provides excellent, local treatment for a range of minor injuries and ailments and has all of the state-of-the art equipment needed, including access to x-ray facilities. By merging the two units, the Trust has been able to extend opening hours to ensure that local people and visitors have convenient, daily access to high quality care closer to home. Recently the hours for access to x-ray services have also been extended and this is now available from 1-5pm, Monday to Friday at Dawlish.

Dr Rob Dyer, Medical Director at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The combined Minor Injury Unit has been open since January and are pleased to say that the new single unit has been a success. By combining the units, we have not seen some of the problems that we have experienced in the past around staffing, equipment and resources.

“People have been able to have better access to safe treatment locally and that is a really positive thing.

“With Easter coming up and an influx of visitors to our local area we want to ensure that people know what services are available locally and the best place to get treated. We would encourage local people, hotels, shops and restaurants in the Teignmouth and Dawlish area to ensure that people who need any treatment for a minor injury are correctly signposted to our new centre of excellence in Dawlish.

“Minor injury units are staffed by specially qualified nurses and they can treat a whole host of minor injuries including cuts, sprains, stings, minor infections and minor eye issues. They also have access to x-ray facilities meaning they can treat broken bones.”

Joining the area’s two minor injury units is the first phase of the developments and improvements to health and care service taking place across Dawlish and Teignmouth.

Plans include establishing Dawlish Community Hospital as the centre for medical inpatient beds for the whole locality and it will be the new location for Devon Doctors’ out-of-hours service. Teignmouth Community Hospital will become a specialist rehabilitation unit – making the best use of its excellent rehabilitation gym, occupational therapy and physiotherapy suite.

Details of all the minor injury unit and x-ray facility opening hours can be found on the Minor Injuries Unit page

Anyone with life threatening or serious injuries should always attend the local accident and emergency department.