Posted by at 12/09/2017 15:17:37
A new Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) has opened in Herne Bay.
Patients can visit the MIU, based at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital (QVMH), from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, including all bank and public holidays.
Staff at the unit will assess and treat people for injuries such as sprains, bites, cuts, burns, and eye and ear injuries. There will also be access to an x-ray machine from Monday to Thursday.
NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) awarded the three-year contract to local GPs earlier this year following a comprehensive procurement process. The MIU is the first phase of an Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in the town.
Simon Perks, Accountable Officer for the CCG, said: “I am very pleased to see the MIU open. This will be a valuable resource for the town as patients will have more care closer to home.
“This is part of our vision set out in the Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan to improve Local Care, giving better access to care and support in people’s own communities.
“Over the following few months, we will develop the ICC to act as a hub where patients can access a range of urgent and outreach services. As well as the MIU, the hub will include a range of additional services, such as urology, deep vein thrombosis, wound and day clinics. Currently, people in Herne Bay have to travel to Canterbury, Margate or Whitstable to use these services.”
The contract was awarded to the town's four Herne Bay GP practices earlier this year following a comprehensive and robust procurement process.
Dr Jeremy Carter said: “We are very pleased that after a long process of trying to establish a minor injuries service in the town, we have now been able to achieve this.
“All four local General Practice surgeries have been working together collaboratively for many years, delivering a number of town based services to our patients. This will be the first delivered out of our new town based hub, the Integrated Care Centre at the QVMH.
“We hope that we will be able to add a number of other primary and community care services around this hub over the coming years, enabling better care, closer to home. We are particularly pleased that we will be utilising the QVMH, and are very grateful for the work of the League of Friends in supporting the development of this service.”