Plans for nurse screening at A&E for minor injuries gets green light

The Garrett Anderson Centre at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

The Garrett Anderson Centre at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: ALEX FAIRFULL

Plans for a new GP streaming service at Ipswich Hospital for those with minor injuries have been approved by health bosses.

Last week Ipswich Hospital and Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group unveiled a proposal which would alleviate overburdened A&E staff, by having a triage nurse screen patients with minor injuries before being seen by a nurse, GP or urgent care medic, to make sure those who do not need to be in A&E were not taking up valuable resources.

At yesterday’s CCG board meeting, the plans were given the green light, with the scheme expected to be introduced in September.

Hospital spokeswoman Jan Ingle said: “This is about people getting the right care at the right time from the right person.

“This new service would make sure people who do have minor ailments are treated by our primary care colleagues such as GPs and nurses.”