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Weekend closures of Congleton War Memorial Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit - winter 2018/19

Please note that the Minor Injuries Unit at Congleton War Memorial Hospital will be closed at weekends and bank holidays until further notice over winter 2018/19. The unit can also be subject to temporary weekday closures - 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 weekday closures will be posted below. 

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 - 9am to 5pm (x-rays 9am to 5pm) with a break for lunch from 1pm to 1.30pm. 
  • Saturday and Sunday - closed until further notice (winter 2018/19).

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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