Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) at Trowbridge Community Hospital, Chippenham Community Hospital, and Paulton Hospital, will close temporarily from 5pm today Wednesday 8 April 2020 so staff can be redeployed to provide vital additional capacity elsewhere in the local area.
All three MIUs have seen a decline in the number of patients attending since the start of the COVID crisis. The temporary closures are not expected to present problems for local people and the units will reopen when circumstances permit.
Patients with minor injuries should visit the NHS 111 online service. This will provide advice on where to go for the best care for their symptoms. People should only phone 111 if they cannot access the 111 online service.
Those patients who feel that they need a GP appointment should call their local GP practice and are likely to be offered a phone or video consultation in the first instance, unless a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary.
No-one with COVID-19 symptoms should attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator.
Of course, if you feel your symptoms genuinely require emergency treatment, you should always seek help from your nearest hospital – Bath RUH or Swindon Great Western.