Minor Injuries Unit at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital reopening after more than a year

The Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield is set to reopen on June 7 at 8am.

The unit temporarily closed in early April 2020 because, due to lockdown, very few people were using it. Staff were redeployed to support the main A&E and hospitals dealing with the surge in Covid-19 patients.

With the drop in Covid-19 cases, the Minor Injuries Unit will return to its normal opening hours (8am-8pm, 365 days a year) and provide care for patients with minor injuries including broken bones, burns and cuts.

Michael Harper, chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be reopening the Minor Injuries Unit now that the number of Covid-19 cases has significantly reduced.

The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

"By using the Minor Injuries Unit and other services in the City like GPs, Broad Lane Walk-in Centre and local pharmacists, it leaves A&E to care for the emergency patients."

No appointment is necessary to attend the unit but social distancing will be in place and patients are asked to wear a mask and gel their hands.

The Minor Injuries Unit does not provide care for patients with minor illnesses, chronic health conditions or if the injury requires a 999 ambulance.

For minor illnesses and injuries there are a range of other services in the City which provide care or advice. These include GPs, local pharmacies and the NHS walk-in centre on Broad Lane.

Anyone who is in doubt about which urgent care service they need to use should call NHS 111, or visit NHS 111 online first.