Minor Injuries provision of treatment
GPPC has successfully tendered to provide treatment for some minor injuries in NE Essex. This service has been provided in general practices in the past either through individual contracts with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or by direct referral to hospital. From 1/7/16, GPPC has been contracted by the CCG to provide a community based service which GPPC will do through it's member practices. This is part of the general move for patient services to be "closer to home", providing quicker and easier access in a safe, well organised system.
For the provision of this service, the term ‘Minor Injury’, includes the procedures listed below. General Practices have provided treatment for many years for many minor injuries. However, for some time, the commissioning of a number of minor injuries has resulted in referrals for treatment elsewhere. These are procedures which are considered over and above core primary care services and include:
- lacerations capable of closure by simple techniques (stripping, gluing, suturing)
- non-penetrating superficial foreign bodies
- partial thickness thermal burns or scalds involving broken skin not involving the hands, feet, face, neck, genital areas
The service includes:
- Initial triage including immediately necessary clinical action to staunch hemorrhage and prevent further exacerbation of the injury
- History taking, relevant clinical examination, documentation
- Wound assessment to ascertain suitability for locally based treatment and immediate wound dressing
- Appropriate and timely advice and guidance on next steps for the patient. Sign-posting where necessary
We are delighted that these procedures are once again being commissioned in General Practices. The majority of the practices in NE Essex have signed up and we look forward to the development of a service which is local and convenient for patients.