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Minor injury unit to support A&E
A clinic designed to reduce the number of people who attend accident and emergency (A&E) departments with minor injuries opens in Suffolk on Saturday.

Riverside Clinic on Landseer Road in Ipswich will treat injuries such as cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, bites and minor head injuries.

The nurse-led unit, which will open seven days a week, is expected to reduce waiting times.

People in need of medical treatment for a serious injury should visit A&E.

'Ease the burden'

Riverside Clinic Minor Injury Unit (MIU) is a partnership between TCN Limited, Suffolk Doctors On Call and Suffolk East Primary Care Trusts.

TCN chief executive David Cocks said: "We believe that the specialist skilled service delivered at the clinic will ease the burden on acute hospitals.

"It will enable more patients with minor injuries to be treated more quickly in a non-hospital environment, thus freeing up the acute hospital to treat patients who need emergency care."

The clinic is located on the same premises as Suffolk Doctors On Call and cost 500,000 to set-up.

No appointment is required before attendance.

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