23 January 2014
Staff from St Helens NHS Walk-In Centre and Minor Injuries Unit have seen a busy festive period treating 2,203 patients*, helping to ease the pressures on local accident and emergency departments.
Christmas rounded off a busy year for the centre, which is run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater). It saw a total of 74,432 patients walking through its doors in 2013 to gain fast and easy access to treatment without an appointment for minor injuries and ailments.
Elaine McDowell, Walk-in Centre Clinical Services Manager for Bridgewater said:
“From suspected simple fractures and allergic reactions to injuries and infections, St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit has a team of specially trained and experienced nurses on hand seven days a week to treat a range of non-serious conditions. We also have a dedicated X-Ray unit for limb injuries on site.
“Our staff have worked extremely hard over Christmas and the past year to provide high quality care, treating on average 203 patients a day**. We are keen to relieve some of the pressure on our local accident and emergency departments who need to prioritise patients with more serious and life-threatening conditions. As a result we want to encourage more people to consider visiting the centre in the coming year if they need assessment quickly for a minor injury or illness.”
St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre is based at The Millennium Centre, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HJ and is open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 10pm Sundays. The centre can be contacted by calling 01744 627400.
To find out more visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/haltonsthelens/walkincentresthelens.
About St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit
- *2,203 were treated at St Helens NHS Walk-in Centre and Minor Injuries Unit between 21 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.
- **On average 203 patients were treated every day during 2013 based on a total of 74,432 people being treated between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013.
- The type of ailments and illnesses that are able to be treated at the centre include: minor cuts or wounds, sore throats, suspected simple fractures, rashes and allergic reactions, bites or stings, minor burns or scalds, minor head injury, coughs and colds, muscle or joint injuries (e.g. sprains and strains), earache, eye injuries and infections. There is also access to emergency contraception, prescribed medication (subject to assessment) and The Community Deep Vein Thrombosis Service (non-complex cases only).