Praise for Gosport War Memorial Hospital’s unit as number of patients goes up

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MORE people are being treated at Gosport’s minor injuries unit, figures have revealed.

Gosport War Memorial Hospital’s minor injuries unit is expecting to see around 20,000 patients in 2011/2012 – up from 16,134 the year before. In 2009/2010 the number of patients treated at the unit was 13,316.

It comes after Gosport Borough Council’s scrutiny committee decided to look into accident and emergency services in the town.

Councillors feared people were not using the unit enough but figures show a steady increase in patients.

They now want to raise awareness of what injuries people can have treated in Gosport instead of leaving the peninsula to visit Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Councillor Bob Forder, the chairman of the group, said: ‘What the committee discovered was that we have got a minor injuries unit that Gosport can be proud of.

‘The difficulty residents have is knowing when to go to the minor injuries unit and when to go to accident and emergency at QA.

‘We fear the minor injuries unit has so far been underused so we are proposing ways of increasing public knowledge about it.

‘The unit provides a good service and it is at the moment not being utilised as much as it could and should be.

‘That is changing but we would like to see it changing a little faster.’

Councillors have now come up with a number of ways to boost the profile of the unit.

They want to encourage hospital trusts to give out information cards to people living in Gosport.

They will put information in the council’s magazine and on its website.

Figures provided to the committee show the top injuries people were treated for in Gosport.

The most common were soft tissue injuries – such as torn muscles and ligaments – followed by cuts and fractures.

Information on waiting times showed 65 per cent of people were seen and treated in less than one hour.

Only five per cent had to wait more than two hours.