Improvements to injury unit

By Mark Elson in Local People

MORE than £100,000 is to be spent improving the minor injury and illness unit at the Dilke Hospital in Cinderford.

But it means the unit will be closed for six weeks to allow the refurbishment work to take place.

The improvements include a new assessment and triage facility, a dedicated waiting room and play area for children as well as a larger waiting room for adults and an improved reception.

The investment is being made by the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS?Trust.

The unit will close from Saturday, July 1 to allow the necessary refurbishment to take place although the rest of the hospital will be open as normal.

Patients who need the minor injuries unit are advised to go instead to the units at Lydney and District Hospital or Tewkesbury Community Hospital.

Both are open seven days a week, at Lydney between 8am and 11pm and at Tewkesbury between 8am and 8pm.

Gloucestershire’s minor injuries units offer support to adults and children, aged one year or older, with urgent, but not life-threatening, healthcare needs.

The units provide care and treatment for a range of illnesses and conditions including chest infections, sore throats, minor infections, sprains, fractures, cuts, wounds and skin problems.

The investment at the Dilke is the second round of improvements to the minor injuries units in the Forest in recent months.

Last month a state-of-the-art X-ray machine was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter.

A large part of the investment came from the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of Lydney Hospital.

There is also a Friends organisation at the Dilke which held its annual fund-raising fete at the hospital on Saturday.

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