Minor injury nursing service - Grantham Hospital

In August 2016, a decision was made by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to restrict the operating hours of the A&E at Grantham Hospital.  South West Lincolnshire CCG looked at what could be put in place locally to support patients and in September 2016 introduced a minor injuries nurse on a trial basis, to test demand for a period of time.
The minor injury nursing service is operated by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, as part of the Out of Hours service based on the Kingfisher Unit at Grantham Hospital. The service is listed as part of the Directory of NHS Services for Lincolnshire and is offered either through NHS 111 or walk in from local residents.

The service runs between 6.30pm - 11.30pm, seven days a week.  It is able to see minor injuries only.  It is not in any way a replacement of the A&E, but is typically able to see:
  • cuts, grazes and lacerations (but not very deep cuts that will not stop bleeding)
  • minor scalds and burns
  • strains, sprains and suspected fractures
  • bites and stings
Minor injuries is a nurse delivered service.  It is not able to see head injuries, foreign bodies or any major injury.

South West Lincolnshire CCG has recently evaluated this trial service after 16 months of operation.  For the 2017 calendar year, only 65 patients were seen by the minor injury nurse service at a total cost of £130,000 (average cost £2000 per attendance).  The CCG has a responsibility to spend public money effectively and, having reviewed the service it does not appear to have been successful.

We are keen to hear the views of local people about the minor injury nurse service via this survey, which will run for four weeks until 28th June 2018.  We will consider all feedback from the survey and will make a decision, which we will share publicly in due course.

* 1. Please tell us the first 5 digits of your postcode

* 2. Are you:

* 3. To what extent do you understand the reasons why we are considering withdrawing the trial of minor injury nursing service at Grantham Hospital?

* 4. What do you think are the benefits of stopping the minor injury nursing service at Grantham Hospital and directing patients to other services such as NHS 111 or Out of Hours GP appointments?

* 5. In your opinion, do you think that the minor injuries nurse service is value for money?

* 6. How many times have you visited the Minor Injury nursing service at Grantham Hospital in the last 12 months.

* 7. If you have any concerns about the possible change please tell us below and your suggestion for how we can overcome this.