According to notices displayed in Yate Health Centre there will now be a triage nurse at the Minor Injuries Unit to prioritise patients on Mondays. Local Liberal Democrat councillors Ruth Davis and Sue Walker are really pleased about this improvement and that there is now also a clear list of what the unit staff cannot do and signposting to where patients can get help.
Cllr Sue Walker commented: “The triage nurse is great news as this will mean that those most in need will be seen first. Whilst patients will initially be seen in a corridor they can ask to be triaged elsewhere if they need some privacy. If it speeds things up on Mondays, hopefully, this will be extended to other days of the week.”
Cllr Ruth Davis said: “People from a wide area now know of the unit and it is their first place of choice to seek treatment, especially as Southmead A & E is so busy. It is really important what is on offer at the MIU is really clear. Residents continue to ask us for the unit’s opening hours to be extended and for it to cover things like minor ailments. This could take the strain off of local GPs and other services so we have a Health One Stop Unit.”
South Gloucestershire Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr Claire Young, praised staff: “They do a fantastic job under increasing pressure. I hope this new initiative will improve things for staff and patients as they are in desperate need of extra resources.”
Local Lib Dem Heath spokesperson Cllr Sue Hope said: “We will continue to lobby for extra resources for Yate, as the service there is so popular. We need even more services to be provided out of Yate now people know the facilities are there.”