Temporary change to QVH minor injuries unit opening times

Friday 18th March 2016

Temporary change to QVH minor injuries unit opening times

From Saturday 19 March, the QVH minor injuries unit (MIU) will be open seven days a week from 8am until 7.30pm.

This is a change from the usual opening times of 8am to 10pm. The change is due to a temporary shortage of staff caused by unplanned and unpreventable staff absences.

We have tried to address the shortage with agency staff. However, the roles required – emergency care practitioners and emergency nurse practitioners – are highly specialised and there is a national shortage. None are currently available through agencies.

We expect the MIU staffing situation to return to normal by July at the latest. In the meantime, we will continue trying to secure additional staff and will keep the situation under weekly review.

The MIU can diagnose and treat a wide range of minor injuries and ailments including:

  • Minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Limb injuries, cuts and grazes
  • Eye infections and minor eye problems
  • Bites, stings and skin infections
  • Ear and throat infections

Need help out of hours?

Crawley hospital urgent treatment centre (UTC) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The UTC is easily accessible from East Grinstead.

For urgent medical advice 24/7, call NHS 111. The team of highly trained advisers and healthcare professionals will be able to assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, call 999.

A&E departments are available at: