People will be able to have their minor emergency health problems treated at a newly opened hospital facility.
The service, which will offer patients treatments of minor ailments such as sprains, strains and other less serious complaints, was officially opened at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, (DRI), earlier this month.
The facility is staffed by skilled emergency nurse practitioners who are supported by a consultant team, and it is an extension to the current Emergency Department (ED).
In the coming months it is hoped that the facility will enable Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to better manage increased attendances throughout winter, with the aim that the additional unit will free up space in the main department for patients with the most need and reduce waiting times for all patients.
David Purdue, Chief Operating Officer at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to have opened this new facility here at DRI. This is an extension to our existing Emergency Department ‘footprint’ and we are asking patients to continue to use this service as they have always done in the past.
“With this extension of our main Emergency Department capacity, we can keep space available for those coming in with more serious conditions.
“We believe this facility will complement our current provision for urgent and emergency care, ensuring local patients get the best possible care.”
The Minor Injuries Unit at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough will remain unaffected by this change and continue to operate daily from 9am to 9pm, except Christmas Day.