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PLEASE NOTE: Minor Injuries Unit closures - November 17th, 18th and 20th

Please note that the Minor Injuries Unit at Congleton War Memorial Hospital will be closed on the following dates due to temporary staff redeployment:

  • Saturday, November 17th 2018
  • Sunday, November 18th 2018
  • Tuesday, November 20th 2018 

Patients requiring urgent care or treatment on these dates can access these services through the Accident and Emergency Department at Macclesfield Hospital

NHS 111, GPs and local pharmacies can also offer help, advice and treatment for lots of common conditions. A list of local pharmacies across Eastern Cheshire and their opening hours can be found here on Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s website.

East Cheshire NHS Trust would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

East Cheshire NHS Trust’s GP Out-of-Hours Service can also be used for assessment, advice and treatment as required for urgent healthcare problems during evenings, weekends and bank holidays that cannot safely wait until your GP surgery is open. The GP Out-of-Hours Service can be contacted by telephone via NHS 111. Click here for more information

Temporary closures of Congleton War Memorial Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit

The Minor Injuries Unit at Congleton War Memorial Hospital can be subject to temporary closures at short notice, particularly at weekends.

This is in order to redeploy staff to manage high levels of demand at Macclesfield Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.

Please check this page before starting your journey to use the Minor Injuries Unit – details of any temporary closures will be posted prominently above.

We apologise to patients who have been affected by these short periods of closure. All other services delivered from the Congleton War Memorial Hospital site are unaffected.

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Minor Injuries Unit overview

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Congleton War Memorial Hospital and treats patients with minor injuries such as:

  • Minor burns
  • Cuts
  • Minor foreign body removal, ie splinters
  • Sprains
  • Minor finger dislocations

Please note - the Minor Injuries Unit cannot deal with minor illnesses like a GP walk-in centre would, is not able to treat children under five years old and cannot treat eye problems.

Our staff

The Minor Injuries Unit is staffed by emergency nurse practitioners (ENP) who have access to clinical support from consultants.The role of the ENP has expanded in recent years, they have skills to enable them to assess, treat and discharge patients who have uncomplicated problems. They can request x-rays, supply medicines (particularly pain relief), suture and apply plaster of Paris if appropriate.  

When you arrive at the unit

When you arrive at the unit you will be assessed by an ENP who will determine the nature of your  injury. You may be sent for an X-ray and/or might be given some medicines to relieve any pain. However, if your injury is severe you will be referred to the Accident and Emergency Department at Macclesfield District General Hospital.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday - 10am to 6pm (x-rays 9am to 5pm) with a break for lunch from 1pm to 1.30pm. 
  • Saturday and Sunday - 8am to 4pm with a break for lunch from 1pm to 1.30pm. 

Bank holiday opening times for the Minor Injuries Unit are the same as Sunday opening times - 8am to 4pm with a break for lunch from 1pm to 1.30pm. 

Contact details

Please note that your call will be answered by an emergency nurse practitioner who might be with a patient, so your patience will be appreciated.
Telephone: 01260 294828

Additional Information

The emergency nurse practitioners are able to see a wide range of minor injuries including limb injuries, animal bites, minor burns and minor head injuries.

Please note - the Minor Injuries Unit does not deal with minor illnesses like a GP walk-in centre would, is not able to treat children under five years old and cannot treat eye problems.

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