Chorley & South Ribble Hospital Sets Up Urgent Care Service

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has announced that changes will be made to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

The emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble will be used primarily to treat patients with minor injuries.

Patients with minor nose bleeds, cuts or muscular strains will treated by a temporarily placed ‘urgent care service’.

The vast majority of people who currently attend the emergency department at CDH can still have their needs met safely and appropriately by the urgent care service. 

What will the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) provide?

Most patients with minor injury or illness can be treated by an urgent care service.

The UCC will provide a prompt and timely treatment of minor injury and illness 24 hours a day, such as (but not limited to):

  • Minor nose bleeds 
  • Cuts, bites and stings 
  • Burns and scalds 
  • Infections (including abscesses) 
  • Foreign bodies in wounds, ears and noses
  • Muscular sprains and strains to shoulders, arms and legs
  • Fractures to shoulders, arms, legs & ribs
  • Dislocations of fingers, thumbs and toes
  • Minor eye conditions including conjunctivitis and foreign bodies
  • Minor chest, neck and back injuries
  • Minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness or alcohol-related 
  • Minor allergic reactions 
  • Minor ailments such as earache, urinary tract infections and sinusitis
  • Diarrhoea / Constipation 
  • Emergency contraception 

Some patients will require the services provided at Royal Preston Hospital and pathways remain in place to care for them. These include:

  • Extensive trauma
  • Extensive burns
  • Patients requiring resuscitation
  • Suspected acute heart attack
  • Suspected acute stroke
  • High risk gastrointestinal haemorrhage
  • Sick children (cardiac arrest/peri-arrest, head injuries)

The UCC will continue to treat a range of conditions and ambulance cases, such as chest pain, frailty and other non-respiratory medical cases. Having available beds at Chorley will enable the admission of patients that would normally go to Preston, utilising the expertise of the hospital Consultants.

When will these changes start? 

From Wednesday 1st April, the emergency department and critical care provision at CDH will be reconfigured into a 24 hour UCC. This will be supported by ambulatory care, the inpatient and acute medical teams, GPs and specialist surgical teams.

Is this a permanent change to services? 

A date for the services to return to their former function cannot be set while we are managing the Coronavirus pandemic, however a thorough plan to safely de-escalate the temporary changes is being prepared.


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