A Doncaster man is urging local people to make the most of their Minor Injuries Unit this winter after a fall at work left him with an injured shoulder.
Paul Payton, of Dunsville, visited the Minor Injuries Unit at Mexborough Montagu Hospital after the accident and was seen promptly by an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.
The Minor Injuries Unit can assess and treat a wide range of injuries including minor burns and scalds, infected wounds, sprains, cuts and grazes. Staff can also examine and treat abrasions to the eyes, ears and arrange X-rays for possible broken bones.
Paul said: “The staff were brilliant. They arranged an X-ray for me immediately and assured me that if there was a fracture I would be referred to a clinic for treatment. Luckily nothing was broken and, although slightly out of the way for me, the whole experience lasted only two hours which included driving to Mexborough, waiting to be seen, attending an X-ray and travelling back to Doncaster.”
Maisie Grierson, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the Minor Injuries Unit at Montagu Hospital for 10 years, said: “Many people with minor injuries automatically head for the Emergency Department, not realising that they may be seen and treated quicker by coming to Mexborough.
“It may mean a few extra miles, however coming to the Minor Injuries Unit can often free up staff in our busy Emergency Department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, allowing them to treat patients with more serious injuries who may need urgent care.”
The Minor Injuries team perform a crucial role and treat around 60 to 80 patients for a variety of minor injuries each and every day from all parts of Doncaster and surrounding areas.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Mexborough Montagu is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm seven days a week (except for Christmas Day), with no appointment required. The service is located on Adwick Road in Mexborough, S64 0AZ. Telephone: 01709 585171.