Treatment for minor injuries held at clinic

Children and young people who have suffered a minor injury will be able to receive treatment at a clinic this winter.

Instead of going to hospital, youngsters who have a minor injury can be treated in the community at Shiremoor Health Resource Centre.

The centre, on Earsdon Road in Shiremoor, is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm not including bank holidays, and is run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Children and young people aged 17 and under with a minor injury can just walk in.

Injuries which can be treated include new wounds, cuts and grazes, minor burns and scalds, insect or animal bites, minor head injuries, sprains and strains.

If further treatment is required, the patient is referred on and could be referred to their GP, accident and emergency, x-ray or more specialist services.

Krysia Askew, paediatric nurse practitioner at the trust, said: “The minor injury clinic provides an excellent service for children and young people.

“Not only is it helping to meet the urgent care needs of patients, it is also making people feel more at ease as they can be treated close to home.”

“The clinic means that people do not have to go to hospital – unless of course that is clinically the right place for them to be treated – and can be treated quickly and efficiently for a range of minor injuries.”

For more information on the minor injury service, contact (0191) 297 9000.