Cuts/Sprains/Bites/Falls): what to do?
Although we are not funded to provide a minor injuries service at the practice (this service is provided by the Primary Care Trust and is funded for this purpose at the Lawson/Cambusavie Hospital, Golspie), the practice has decided to provide a GP led telephone triage assessment of minor injuries.
If you feel the injury is serious or life threatening call 999 and then phone the practice-our GP's are all highly trained in emergency medicine (BASICS) and will attend immediately. If the injury is not life threatening, phone the practice first, tell the receptionist what the problem is and a GP will call you back.
You may be asked to attend the surgery, or for more complex treatment (such as stitching, X-rays, cleaning and dressing of wounds) to the Lawson Memorial Hospital Minor Injuries unit. Remember you can still attend the Lawson Hospital without phoning in advance as this is a 24 hour GP led minor injuries assessment unit-in some circumstances this may be quicker if your GP is, for example consulting, is on house visits or single handed that day.
By providing this voluntary practice service we hope we can exceed the expectations of patients in our community, balancing this with the need to use the Lawson Hospital to protect its viability as a minor injuries unit.