As of Thursday 23 April from 08:00am, the ‘Minors’ department of Derriford Hospital will move to Nuffield Hospital, across the road from the main hospital site.
However, emergencies classed as ‘Major’s’ will still be treated at the current Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital.
In order to protect members of the public travelling to the hospital for less serious illnesses, the decision has been made to treat minor cases elsewhere.
This means patients can safely attend knowing the new Minor Injury Unit is a ‘green zone’, where there are no patients attending with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.
What is the difference between a major and minor injury?
Examples of the problems we can see you for:
- Cuts - we can use glue, steristrips (paper stitches) or sutures to close wounds
- Small burns or scalds
- Bites and stings
- Sprains and certain fractures (upper and lower limbs)
- Minor head injuries
- Infected wounds
- Foreign bodies in eyes
Examples where it is right and appropriate to attend the Emergency Department without delay include:
- Major injuries such as injuries from road traffic accidents
- Falls from a considerable height
- Major head injuries
- Severe breathing difficulty
- Severe chest pain
- Severe haemorrhage
- Extensive burns
The new Minor Injury Unit at Nuffield is run by University Hospitals Plymouth staff and is open between 08:00 and 22:00. Outside of these hours, the public should call 111 to access an out- of-hours service.
The Trust is keen to reassure the public that it is ‘business as usual’ for those people needing the Emergency Department.
David Brown, Director of Urgent and Emergency Care at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said: “Please be assured we are here for you and we’ve implemented these changes to ensure the service continues to run smoothly and people receive the treatment they need as soon as possible.
“This move will make sure you are seen safely and quickly when you access emergency care from our specialist teams."
“NHS 111 telephone call handlers are ready to triage patients to the right location at the right time in order to protect them, maintain effective distancing measures, and help us to deliver the highest quality of care.”
All patients ‘self-presenting’ to either Derriford or Nuffield will have their temperature taken on arrival to screen for the virus.
If you have been self-isolating due to symptoms of the virus, please call 111 and do not attend the Nuffield site.
Please consider there are lots of conditions that can be cared for outside of the Emergency Department. These alternative locations include the Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at the Cumberland Centre in Devonport and Tavistock, GP services and local pharmacies.
What should I do if I think I need to go to hospital in an Emergency?
- If you have a life-threatening emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance
- If you are able to access NHS online, visit 111.nhs.uk
- If you are displaying symptoms of the virus, call NHS direct on 111 for advice and you’ll be directed to the hospital if necessary. Do not attend Nuffield.
- If you have a minor condition, attend Nuffield Minors Unit, Cumberland Centre Minor Injury Unit or Tavistock Minor Injury Unit. They will refer you to Derriford hospital if necessary.
- If you are not sure if you need to attend Minors or Derriford, call 111 for advice.
University Hospitals Plymouth Emergency Department (Majors)
Derriford Hospital, Derriford Rd, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 8DH
Tel: (01752) 202082
Opening times: The department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.
University Hospitals Plymouth Minors Unit (Nuffield)
Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8BG
Opening times: 08:00 – 22:00
Opening days: 7 days per week
MIU - Cumberland Centre (Plymouth)
Damerel Close, Plymouth, PL1 4JZ
Tel: (01752) 434390
Opening times: 08:30 - 22:00 (09:00 - 22:00 Thursdays)
Opening days: 7 days per week
X-ray available: 09:00 - 20:45 (7 days)
MIU - South Hams Hospital (Kingsbridge)
Plymouth Road, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1AT
Tel: (01548) 852349
Opening times: 09:00 - 17:00
Opening days: Monday to Friday