Extended weekend treatment has been made available in Blackburn and Darwen over the winter period.
NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and other key partners to provide additional winter services in both the treatment room and the minor injuries unit.
Darwen Health Centre and Barbara Castle Way Health Centre offer a combined treatment room service and minor injury unit (MIU) Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm.
From December 2013 until the 31st March 2014 Darwen Health Centre will be offering extended treatment room service appointments for wound assessment, wound care and leg ulcer management ONLY on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm – by appointment only.
Barbara Castle Way Health Centre will be offering appointments for wound assessment, wound care and leg ulcer management on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm – by appointment only.
Barbara Castle Way Health Centre will also see minor injuries such as bites, stings, injuries to hands, wrists and fingers, burns and scalds, removal of foreign objects from nose and ears, minor wounds, and minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness. This will be available as a walk-in service on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said: “The cold weather puts increased pressure on our healthcare system but by extending the opening hours of the treatment room and the MIU at Barbara Castle Way Health Centre I hope this will help people avoid having to make unnecessary visits to the emergency department or urgent care centre, especially during the busy winter months.”
If you need to attend the treatment room, an appointment can be made on 01254 617400. The MIU at Barbara Castle Way only, operates as a walk-in service.
If you are taken ill or suffer a minor injury outside of these hours and your condition is not a life threatening (999) emergency we would always recommend that you call NHS 111 for medical advice in the first instance.