Parents urged to use walk-in centres

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NURSES are encouraging parents to use walk-in minor injuries units for children’s accidents and illnesses.

The message comes as children are off school for the half-term holidays this week.

NHS Portsmouth is urging families to use the injury units in Gosport War Memorial hospital, Gosport, from 8am to 9pm, and at St Mary’s Hospital, Milton, from 8am to 10pm – both are open everyday – for any minor injuries or medical problems.

John Woods, senior nurse at the St Mary’s Hospital minor injury unit, says patients are seen on a first-come-first-serve basis, unless the situation is urgent.

He said: ‘We’re able to examine strains and sprains, treat minor eye injuries such as infections or scratches, grazes and cuts that may need stitches, small burns, offer x-ray for suspected broken bones and referral to the fracture clinic, and prescribe medicine including pain relief.’

To find out more call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, or visit porthosp.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/walk-in-centres.html.