Name change for treatment service at Alston Community Hospital

The current Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Alston Community Hospital will be changing its name from today (Monday 2nd November).

The ‘Nurse Led Treatment Service’ will continue to offer the same assessment and treatment as the previous unit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

People requiring help for minor cuts/grazes and wound dressings will now also be able to be seen in routine appointment slots for a course of treatment, making the service more efficient and reducing waiting times. You will still be seen without an appointment if needed.

David Lewis, Associate Medical Director for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust explained: “After undertaking research into why people access this service, we realised that the name ‘Minor Injuries Unit’ did not accurately reflect the services provided. The main reasons people seek treatment are for wound dressings and minor cuts/grazes. We want patients to be receiving the right care, in the right place at the right time. A Nurse-Led Treatment Service will meet the needs of the local community in a timely manner, and by appropriate nursing staff.”

You should access the service if you are aged over 5 years old and need:

  • assessment and treatment of bruises or recent injuries that cannot be attended by simple first aid, insect bites and stings or minor sunburn
  • assessment and dressings of wounds and superficial injuries
  • closure of lacerations by stripping/gluing
  • to collect prescriptions for CHOC patients.

For conditions that cannot be treated by the Nurse Lead Treatment Service people should continue to access healthcare services such and GPs, Pharmacies and Cumbria Health On Call Out of Hours or contact the NHS 111 service.