VIDEO: Minor injuries unit in Littlehampton to open

A new minor injuries unit which can treat patients across Littlehampton is set to open.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016, 12:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:50 pm
ks16001177-1 LH Park Surgery New phot kate Victoria Finn, paramedic practitioner, left, and Shelley Foreman, nurse practitioner in the new treatment area.ks16001177-1 SUS-160711-171457008

Finishing touches are currently being made to the new building which will house the unit at The Park Surgery in St. Floras Road, Littlehampton.

Patients from any of the GP practices in the greater Littlehampton area can use the walk-in facility.

Trained nurses and paramedics will be on hand to treat injuries like cuts, bruises, grazes, burns and sprains.

ks16001177-1 LH Park Surgery New phot kate Victoria Finn, paramedic practitioner, left, and Shelley Foreman, nurse practitioner in the new treatment area.ks16001177-1 SUS-160711-171457008

Dr Tim Kimber, partner at The Park Surgery, said it will take pressure of existing A&E departments at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and Worthing Hospital.

“We send hardly anybody over to A&E in Worthing. We see and treat almost all patients that come in to see us.

“As the service takes off, it will be convenient for patients and will stop the Worthing and Chichester sites getting clogged up. These A&E departments should be for more serious conditions.”

He added that the clinical commissioning group which oversees local healthcare will also make a saving, as the cost of the minor injuries contract at The Park Surgery will cost less than sending patients to A&E.

The Park Surgery in Littlehampton is opening a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit that any local person can use. It will take the pressure off of A&E departments in Chichester and Worthing. Dr Tim Kimber, partner at the surgery. SUS-160411-152956001

The surgery has been running a minor injuries service for several years, and won a contract from the Department of Health to upgrade it.

The new building will also house admin space, a conference room, a GP’s office and a room where blood samples can be taken.

The Park Surgery is taking on 2,000 patients as a result of the closure of the Arun Medical Group surgery in East Street, Littlehampton.

It has recruited a new GP and nurse, who will be starting in the new year, with plans to increase reception staff.

The Park Surgery in Littlehampton SUS-160411-152907001

Dr Kimber said he is ‘confident’ that the minor injuries unit will not be impacted by the increase in the surgery’s patients.

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The Park Surgery in Littlehampton has extended its premises, which will include a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit. Pictured is a new room for a GP. SUS-160411-153036001
The Park Surgery in Littlehampton has extended its premises, which will include a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit. Pictured is a new office space, which is part of the build. SUS-160411-152852001
ks16001177-1 LH Park Surgery New phot kate Victoria Finn, paramedic practitioner, left, and Shelley Foreman, nurse practitioner in the new treatment area.ks16001177-1 SUS-160711-171457008
The Park Surgery in Littlehampton is opening a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit that any local person can use. It will take the pressure off of A&E departments in Chichester and Worthing. Dr Tim Kimber, partner at the surgery. SUS-160411-152956001
The Park Surgery in Littlehampton SUS-160411-152907001
The Park Surgery in Littlehampton has extended its premises, which will include a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit. Pictured is a new room where blood tests will be done. SUS-160411-153023001
The Park Surgery in Littlehampton has extended its premises, which will include a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit. Pictured is a new room for a GP. SUS-160411-153036001
The Park Surgery in Littlehampton has extended its premises, which will include a state-of-the-art minor injuries unit. Pictured is a new office space, which is part of the build. SUS-160411-152852001