Chard Hospital provides a Minor Injury Service to the local population.
Please consider the following information regarding what can and cannot be treated; this may not be an exhaustive list.
In addition, please be advised that injuries sustained over 48 hours prior to presentation cannot be treated as a Minor Injury. Also, this is not a minor illness service. If the problem is not the result of an injury, you can contact us.
The Minor Injury Service is not an Emergency Service.
- Minor cuts requiring simple closure techniques (stripping, gluing etc)
- Minor trauma to hands, limbs or feet where a strain or sprain is suspected
- Minor dislocations of phalanges (fingers and toes)
- Removal of foreign bodies
- Minor head injuries where the patient has not lost consciousness
- Bites – human, animal and insect
- Minor burns
- Minor illness not resulting from any injury or trauma
- Any problem which requires a 999 response
- Any patient who cannot be discharged home after treatment
- Any patient with airway, breathing, circulatory or neurological compromise (unless known to the practice and management plan in place)
- Actual or suspected overdose
- Accidental ingestion, poisoning, fume or smoke inhalation
- Blows to the head with loss of consciousness or extremes of age
- Sudden collapse or fall in a public place
- Penetrating eye injury
- Chemical, biological, or radioactive contamination injured patients
- Full thickness burns
- Burns caused by electric shock
- Partial thickness burns over 3cm diameter or involving
- Injuries to organs of special sense
- Injuries to the face, neck, hands, feet or genitalia
- New or unexpected bleeding from any bodily orifice if profuse
- Foreign bodies impacted in bodily orifices, especially in children
- Foreign bodies deeply embedded in tissues
- Trauma to hands, limbs or feet substantially affection function
- Penetrating injuries to the head, torso, abdomen
- Lacerating/penetrating injuries involving nerve, artery or tendon damage.