A GP surgery in Sleaford has begun providing an urgent care service at weekends and Bank Holidays.
Sleaford Medical Group, in Boston Road, launched the service on Saturday.
In addition, it is extending its Minor Injuries Unit hours to 8pm daily. The unit, run by a team of nurses and GPs, will be available seven days a week but will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Sunday.
On arrival, patients are assessed and the injury treated by a trained nurse or doctor as appropriate, however in some cases it may be necessary to refer patients on to further treatment at a hospital.
They will be able to treat a range of conditions including the following: minor cuts and grazes, chest infections, minor cuts requiring stitches, skin infections, acute sprains and strains, joint and limb pain/stiffness, acute sports injuries, animal and human bites, removal of foreign bodies, genito-urinary infections, including STIs, minor burns, abdominal pain without fever, minor neck injury, insect stings, whiplash, diarrhoea and vomiting, foreign bodies in eyes, coughs (for less than four weeks), ear infections, breathing related problems including asthma, bronchitis and COPD.
However, they cannot provide care for serious injuries, such as major accidents, severe chest pains, serious breathing problems, severe pain of any description (for example, likely appendicitis), road traffic accidents, anaphylactic reactions or collapse.
The services are available to patients whether or not they are registered with a GP and can provide care for those not living in Sleaford or the surrounding area.
The unit can care for patients attending with both minor illnesses and injuries and is a walk in service.
The patients’ own GP will receive a summary of the care received following the consultation so their notes can be updated accordingly.
Any patient who cannot be treated will be referred as appropriate.
Dr Vindi Bhandal, chairman of South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “With ever-increasing pressure in A&E, we are encouraging patients to make use of the extended hours offered by the unit in Sleaford. By using the services offered at the practice, we can ensure patients receive the right care locally, first time.”