Minor Injuries Unit open over Christmas

Cromer Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit will be open for business every day from 8am to 10pm over the festive period as in-patient hospital services wind down over Christmas and New Year.

The North Norfolk hospital, which does not take emergency in-patients, only elective patients, is due for its annual Christmas shutdown.  The elective programme declines dramatically over the festive period as patients are reluctant to spend time in hospital until after New Year. 

As a result in-patient services and the majority of departments, including Phlebotomy, at Cromer Hospital will close from 1pm on Friday 23rd December and open at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January.

The shutdown allows the hospital's two operating theatres to get a deep clinical clean and gives hospital staff the opportunity to take any time owing off over the Christmas period.

The exception to Cromer's Christmas shut-down is the Minor Injuries Unit, which is open 365 days a year, from 8am to 10pm,  Dermatology Out-patients clinic which will open on Wednesday 28th December and Friday 30th December between 8am and 1pm, and X-ray which will provide an on call and booked case service between December 28 and 30.

Minor Injuries Unit info

Cromer's Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is run by emergency nurse practitioners, who are experienced nurses who can independently see and treat all forms of minor injury. The department sees more than 9,000 patients a year.

What the MIU can deal with

  • Minor head injuries (with no loss of consciousness)
  • Simple wounds
  • Simple eye conditions, foreign body, corneal abrasions
  • Minor burns
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Bites and stings, with no associated complications, or acute reaction
  • Simple fractures
  • Broken or dislocated fingers

What the MIU cannot deal with

  • Children under the age of two
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Complicated or serious injury
  • Fractures that may need manipulation (other than fingers)
  • Head injury where there has been loss of consciousness
  • Alcohol-related head injuries or illnesses
  • Medical conditions in their acute form, asthma, diabetes, allergic reaction
  • *Major illness i.e. Stroke, Heart attack

*These patients should attend the Accident and Emergency department at NNUH. In an emergency, call 999 for an ambulance.

Monday 5th of December 2005 11:00:47 AM