There is a walk-in service at the Minor Injuries Unit at St Bartholomew’s. They deal with a range of problems including rashes, minor injuries, emergency contraception, infections, sprains and cuts and bruises, and can dress wounds, if required. They do not arrange routine investigations or referrals, so you will need to book an routine appointment with your doctor for this.
At St Bartholomew’s, the Unit is based on the ground floor accessed via the main outpatients department from Giltspur Street or West Smithfield. No appointment or referral is necessary. Patients are seen in order of urgency.
The Minor Injuries Unit is staffed by experienced Emergency Nurse Practitioners and Accident and Emergency (A&E) nursing staff. The Emergency Nurse Practitioner will have spent a number of years in an Accident and Emergency Department and have undertaken further extensive training in the management of minor injuries.
After you book in, you will be assessed as soon as one of the nurses becomes available. The nurse will also be able to initiate treatments such as pain killers and order x-ray investigations if they are required. Depending on your condition you may have a further wait to be reviewed by an emergency nurse practitioner. Your wait can be unpredictable especially if a number of patients book in at the same time but you will be advised of approximate waiting times on arrival.