PATIENTS with minor injuries have been reminded to go to Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital this winter.
The hospital’s minor injuries unit is open from 9am-5pm weekdays as an alternative to travelling to the A&E departments at either St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester or Worthing Hospital.
The sister of the unit, a walk-in service, at the Bognor hospital on Shripney Road is Jacqui Smith.
She said: “We see patients with a wide range of minor injuries. Anything from a wrist injury or sprain to fractures as a result of a fall.
“We can fit temporary plaster casts at our fracture clinic. So, there is really no need for patients to visit A&E with an injury such as this.”
The hospital is run by Sussex Community NHS Trust.
Its community health teams have geared up for the winter.
The coastal teams expect the weekly average of 1,500-2,000 new patient referrals to increase in the coming three months.
In particular, the teams’ nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers are expanding their service of urgent assessments of patients.
Jane Mules, the trust’s deputy director of adult services operations, said: “The cold weather brings with it a host of medical issues, such as fractures, chest infections and viruses that can affect our most vulnerable and elderly patients.
“Our aim is to care for patients at home.”