Care UK, who also runs Southampton NHS Treatment Centre (http://www.careuk.com/
Currently the MIU at Royal South Hants Hospital is open every day from 8am-9.30pm. No appointment is necessary and its team of specially trained nurses handle around 34,000 patient attendances a year. This helps to reduce waiting times in the accident and emergency department by diverting treatment to the MIU for animal and insect bites, minor burns and wounds, fractured bones, sprains and minor back, chest, eye, head and shoulder injuries.
Paula Friend, hospital director at Southampton NHS Treatment Centre, will be responsible for providing support to the team joining Care UK in August, as well as ensuring the minor injury unit continues to offer patients an efficient and friendly service.
She said: “We were delighted to have been selected following the procurement process. We have been providing healthcare services in the city since 2008 and have developed a deep understanding of the demands that are placed on the local health system. Our experience, coupled with already having a base at Royal South Hants Hospital, means we are well-placed to build on the good work of the outgoing provider. I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues, meeting our new patients and demonstrating our commitment to providing first-class healthcare.”
Care UK runs a number of similar services across England, including minor injuries and illnesses units (MIIU) in High Wycombe (http://www.careuk.com/