Uckfield minor injury unit will be open every day during festive season

Minor injury units at Uckfield, Lewes and Crowborough will be open 12 hours a day, every day, during the festive season.

The units open between 8am and 8pm including on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

In addition the Uckfield unit will be open on New Year's Eve until 2am on New Year's Day morning.

Appointments are not needed. It is possible to walk in or telephone for advice when the units are open.

Jayne Boyfield, managing director of East Sussex Community Health Service which runs the minor injury units said:

“Getting the right care in the right place is better for patients and better for the NHS as it helps us to make the best use of resources.

“The Minor Injuries Units can help people with cuts, sprains, minor burns and other less serious injuries, such as eye infections and simple bone fractures.

“They are one part of a wide range of NHS services local people can use to get the care and treatment they need.”

Read more about the minor injury units on the NHS in East Sussex website.

You can also visit the NHS Choices website or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

The NHS in East Sussex is urging local people to choose the right NHS service for what they need.

There is a wide range of NHS services available which can provide help and advice on a host of common problems and ailments and there are a number of things people can do to help themselves.

The NHS’ top tips for getting the right treatment include:

  • Stock up at home on common medicines, such as paracetemol, cold and flu remedies and cough medicine, so you are prepared if you fall ill with a cold, cough or flu bug.
  • Go and see your local pharmacist who is qualified to give expert advice on a range of issues from sprains to stomach upsets.
  • Call NHS Direct on tel 0845 46 47 for expert help and advice. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Make use of local walk-in Minor Injuries Units (open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) at the Lewes Victoria Hospital, Uckfield Community Hospital and Crowborough War Memorial Hospital. You do not need an appointment, you can walk in or get help over the telephone.
  • Contact your GP for help and advice
  • Only dial 999 for an ambulance in an emergency.
  • Only visit hospital accident and emergency departments in an emergency.

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