Minor injuries should not normally go to the hospital Accident & Emergency department. During surgery opening hours, 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, we have facilities in the surgery for treatment of minor injuries. This could include small cuts, trips, falls, dog bites etc. We are able to clean wounds and do dressings. We have your records here at the surgery to check if you are due a tetanus vaccination and can offer this if required. If further investigation, such as an x-ray, is required the clinician will be able to refer you to the hospital to have this done.
When the surgery is closed you should call the surgery phone line and a telephone number will be given to you to get out-of-hours advice. You will be offered appropriate advice and if necessary it can be arranged for you to see a doctor. You will be told if your condition needs to be seen at the hospital.
The hospital Accident & Emergency department should be used for serious accidents or life-threatening emergencies only.