East Kent Hospitals is reminding the public that Kent & Canterbury Hospital’s Urgent Care Centre will be open to treat minor injuries and illnesses from Monday 19 June.
As usual, the NHS advice to the public is to call 999 for life-threatening emergencies or call NHS 111 for advice on where to attend if it’s not a 999 emergency. The Urgent Care Centre at the hospital will be open 24/7.
Conditions the Urgent Care Centre can treat include:
- Sprains and strains
- Broken bones
- Wound infections
- Minor burns and scalds
- Minor head injuries
- Insect and animal bites
- Minor eye injuries
- Minor injuries to the back, shoulder and chest
- Children over one year old with a minor injury.
More than 120 people currently attend the Urgent Care Centre every day. Under the temporary changes the Trust needs to make to some services at K&C, approximately 35 people who normally attend by ambulance will be taken to the Emergency Departments at Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital and Margate’s Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital.
These changes do not affect other services at the K&C. For example, surgical services, chemotherapy services, renal, vascular and urology services, as well as all outpatient clinics, are not affected.
Around 900 patients use the hospital every day, this temporary change affects around 50 people.