Pop up Minor Injury Unit returns for festive season

5th Dec 2018
 
People in West Norfolk in need of health help this winter are being urged to use a Pop-Up Minor Injury Unit which returns for three weekends in December to support frontline NHS services.
 
Advanced First Aiders from St John Ambulance will be running the Pop-Up Minor Injuries Unit in Sainsbury’s car park on the Hardwick Industrial Estate in King’s Lynn, PE30 4LR, following successful weekends in Hunstanton in August.
 
The team will be on hand to help from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday December 15 and 16, Saturday and Sunday December 22 and 23 and Saturday and Sunday December 29 and 30.
 
West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with St John Ambulance to provide this service for the benefit of patients and frontline NHS staff.
 
Sarah Jane Ward, the CCG’s Director of Nursing and Quality Assurance, said: “We are grateful to all the First Aiders who will be giving up their weekends over the festive season to man the Pop-Up Unit to support the community. Winter is always a busy time for the NHS, particularly with minor injuries, so we would like to appeal to people to consider using the NHS 111 service, a pharmacist or the Pop-Up Unit.”
 
The first aiders are able to treat, for example:
 
·         Minor bleeding – cuts, grazes, bruises
·         Sprains and strains
·         Allergies, stings and bites
 
Christopher Levis, District Manager for St John Ambulance in Norfolk, said: “We are delighted to be again working with West Norfolk CCG after the successful initiative this summer at Hunstanton. By helping our NHS partners to provide the appropriate care to those that need it this winter, we will also hope to relieve pressure on local A&E departments. If you have sustained a minor injury and need any assistance over the festive period, please come and speak to one of our first aid trained volunteers at the pop-up unit in King’s Lynn."