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Cold weather slips and trips may not need a visit to A&E

January 30 2019

As the barometer plummets City residents are being reminded that St Mary’s Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) walk-in service can help treat injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.

Last year, during the Beast from the East, nearly two-thirds of people who visited the walk-in centre in Milton had weather-related injuries.

On just one day during Storm Emma’s stay in Portsmouth more than a third of patients had upper-limb injuries, caused by slips trips and falls, while another 20 per cent had wrist injuries.

Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “The team are very happy to help people, with non-emergency injuries, deal with the slips and trips caused by the bad weather. And, if the injury requires surgery or enhanced treatment, we can transfer the patient directly to hospital.

“Our GP-lead UTC has x-ray facilities and is open 365 days a year and many fractures treated here are followed-up at our own fracture clinic if surgical intervention is required. This is particularly helpful for children, as it means they may not have to visit a large hospital, but can be seen in our small, friendly service, which has a special children’s waiting area.

“If you have had an accident and are unsure if you are suitable to be treated at the UTC, call the NHS 111 helpline and they will assess your condition. If they feel you are suitable, they can book an appointment directly for you.”