From 3 April 2018, the minor injury unit (MIU) at Caterham Dene Hospital will open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. This is an extra hour in the morning every day.
Also starting from 3 April, a doctor will work alongside the existing team of experienced emergency nurse practitioners and nurse practitioners to provide a wider range of care and treatment.
These improvements are in preparation for the MIU to be fully upgraded to an urgent treatment centre (UTC) in summer 2018, which is part of a national programme across England to widen access to emergency care.
The MIU currently provides urgent care for a range of minor injuries and illnesses for people over 18 years. When the UTC is fully open in summer 2018, it will provide urgent care for children 6 and over as well as adults.
The MIU at Caterham Dene is a popular alternative to A&E for people with illnesses and injuries which are urgent but not serious or life-threatening. It is run by First Community, a community interest company rated as Outstanding by CQC in 2017, on behalf of the NHS. Typical wait times are less than 45 minutes. There is also an x-ray service provided by SASH (Surrey and Sussex Healthcare).
The UTC upgrade work is commissioned by East Surrey CCG, working in partnership with the provider of the service, First Community Health and Care.