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Campaign reminds people of benefits of Minor Injuries Units

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The NHS in Oxfordshire is raising awareness among local people about using Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) in Witney and Abingdon.

The campaign is targeting people who don't live in the immediate local area of the MIUs and who would otherwise visit A&E at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

As part of the campaign, cards and posters will remind people on the types of injuries MIUs can treat, such as small burns, bites and stings, sports injuries and infected wounds. The material also includes contact details, addresses and opening times of the MIUs.

The cards are being made available to residents who live in villages and neighbourhoods surrounding Witney and Abingdon, to encourage them to use their local MIUs, if appropriate, rather than travel further afield to A&E departments.

In addition, posters have been distributed to sports and leisure centres in and close to the two towns and around Henley-on-Thames to promote these MIUs and the unit at Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley.

Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, Locality Clinical Director at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG), said: "A lot of  people turn up at A&E departments when they could go to their local MIU for advice and treatment, and where they are likely to be seen more quickly. MIUs provide excellent care for many injuries, from deep cuts to sports injuries, and they also have X-ray facilities to help diagnose some broken bones.

"The NHS 111 service can book people in at an MIU, or people can just turn up. MIUs offer a very good local service."

Pete McGrane, Oxford Health Clinical Director for Community Services, said: "Our Abingdon and Witney MIUs can help local people with a wide range of minor injuries, reducing the need for long journeys to A&E and increasing the chances of being seen more quickly.

"Come in and see us, we're here to help!"