New health service for Peterborough


Patients living in and around Peterborough can now use a new Minor Illness and Injuries Unit (MIIU) based in the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road, Peterborough.


This new service offers a wider range of treatments and urgent care services such as stitching wounds, applying casts, treating burns and taking X-rays. Its main aim is to help take the strain off the accident and emergency service, which is often used unnecessarily at a cost of £1.3million a year.


Open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and led by staff with both nursing and medical backgrounds with enhanced skills, enabling them to see, treat and discharge patients independently. No appointment is necessary and the service aims to see and start patients’ treatments within 45 minutes of their arrival.


The new MIIU has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are responsible for the £850 million NHS healthcare budget for Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and parts of Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.


Cath Mitchell, Local Chief Officer Borderline and Peterborough Local Commissioning Groups (LCGs), said: "The new Minor Illness and Injury Unit (MIIU) is a significant development in our plans to improve and reshape GP and urgent care services in Peterborough. It will offer wider access to a range of treatments and facilities which will reduce the need for people to attend A&E with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries alongside strengthening the current out of hours GP services in the city.”


The MIIU will be run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), which has extensive experience of providing this kind of care through Minor Injuries Units in Spalding and Gainsborough, Urgent Care Centres in Louth and Skegness, and Lincoln's Walk-in Centre.


Liz Ball, General Manager for the South of LCHS, said "In the MIIU we can treat minor injuries and illnesses from strains and sprains, to broken bones, minor burns and bites. It is often unnecessary to make a trip to A&E, when you can easily be treated here, with your local pharmacist or GP.”


Minor Illness and injury Unit (MIIU)


Thorpe Rd, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE3 6DB