Whitby Minor Injury Unit is changing to an Urgent Treatment Centre

Published: 22 July 2021 to 31 December 2098

The Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at Whitby Community Hospital is changing to an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) on Sunday 1st August, 2021.

Currently, the MIU at Whitby Hospital only sees patients with minor injuries, but the new UTC will also treat minor illnesses. The UTC will also have x-ray facilities.

How to access the UTC

It is recommended that people who wish to attend the UTC should first call NHS 111, to book an appointment. This will help us reduce wait times and ensure that you’re going to the right place, at the right time.

NHS 111 will be able to triage the patient and recommend the best service for their needs. They will also be able to signpost to the nearest facilities out of hours.

It is important to note that emergency cases should still call 999. While the UTC does treat minor illnesses, it is not an Accident and Emergency department.

Those who do not require urgent care are advised to seek help from a GP Practice or Pharmacy where appropriate.

Opening hours

The UTC will be open 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year, including bank holidays.

Please note, x-ray facilities are only available 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am – midday on weekends.

The change comes as part of a national drive to introduce more UTCs across the country. This ensures that local patients have improved access to urgent care, regardless of where they live.

Sonia Rafferty, Service Manager at Whitby Hospital, said:

“We’re very proud to announce the change to an Urgent Treatment Centre here at Whitby Community Hospital. We believe that this will reduce the need to travel to James Cook Hospital when the condition is less serious. As a result, this ensures that patients in our community have more options for care available to them in their local area.”

Michele Moran, Chief Executive at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“These new urgent services are standardised across the country, providing additional and more accessible options for those based in remote areas. We are pleased to be able to offer these comprehensive options for care to patients in our local communities and hope that the introduction of the UTC in Whitby is a welcome addition to their community hospital.”

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