The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Lewes Victoria Hospital is to undergo major improvement works to upgrade it to an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). This is part of ongoing efforts to improve services for local people, support the local healthcare system, and free up emergency care for those who need it most.
The MIU will close temporarily to allow the improvement works to take place. All other services at Lewes Victoria Hospital will continue as normal.
The improvement work will start on 6 November 2019 and is expected to be complete by April 2020.
While the MIU at Lewes is closed, you can access the same services at Uckfield Community Hospital Minor Injury Unit on Framfield Road, Uckfield TN22 5AW, open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
There are also a range of other services available to support people who need urgent care:
- If you need medical help and you’re not sure where to go call 111 first or go online to 111.nhs.uk. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles and advice is available 24/7, 365 days of the year
- Community pharmacists can give clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses
- Evening and weekend appointments with GPs or other healthcare professionals are available from 6.30pm to 8pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. More information is available at your local practice.
What is an Urgent Treatment Centre?
UTCs are GP-led and open at least 12 hours a day, every day. They offer appointments that can be booked through NHS111 or you can just walk in. They are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for, such as strains and sprains, eye problems, suspected broken limbs, abdominal pain, minor head injuries or cuts that need stitches.
The improvement works to Lewes MIU include redesigning the layout to better help nurses care for patients, freeing up more room for patients who need care, providing additional space for support staff, improving infection control and building new, modern toilets.
For more information and to keep up to date visit the High Weald, Lewes and Havens Clinical Commissioning Group website.