Minor Injury & Illness Service at Lyme Regis Medical Centre
PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AT THE SURGERY BEFORE CALLING US. Walk-in appointments are not available at the moment
Lyme Bay Medical Practice ‘Minor Injury and Illness Service’ is a nurse led service for minor injuries and illness which you cannot treat yourself. The nurses have undergone additional training in both minor Injury and Illness.
We are open from 8.00am – 6.30pm Monday until Friday and 9.00am - 12.00pm every Saturday at Lyme Regis Medical Centre. An appointment is not necessary but we would encourage you to call beforehand on 01297 445777.
Please note: The last appontment available is at 6pm - 30 minutes before closing.
Local pharmacists can also provide a whole range of services including free advice, support and guidance on all your health problems.
What we can help with:
Minor burns and scalds
Minor trauma to hands, limbs and feet – sprains & strains
Removal of foreign bodies
Superficial eye injury
Minor skin infections/rashes
Coughs, colds and flu like symptoms
Insect Stings & Bites
Other common illness
What we can’t help with:
Children under one year old
Loss of consciousness
Penetrating eye injury
Severe ankle/leg/ foot pain/swelling
Chest pain/Breathing difficulties
Severe allergic reaction
Impacted foreign bodies
Alchohol related problems
Mental health problems
Conditions likely to require hospital admission
The Practice offers extended hours appointments at the following times:
Saturday 9 – 12pm at Lyme Regis Medical Centre
Monday 6.30 - 7pm at Kent House Health Centre
There is now an improved access service for patients of Lyme Bay and surrounding surgeries. These are additional GP, nurse practitioner and nursing appointments in the evenings and weekends. These usually run from the local community hospitals, but you DO need an appointment first. This can be arranged by the srgery or if necessary via 111.
When We Are Closed
Please use the following phone numbers:
You are advised to call NHS 111 when you’re in need of medical help but it is not a life-threatening emergency or urgent enough to call 999.
NHS 111 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days per year and is free to use from a landline and a mobile.
When to Call 111
Call 111 if:
you think you need to go to A&E or to another NHS urgent care service
your GP surgery is closed and you need healthcare advice
you don’t know who to call for medical help.
When to call 999
Call 999 for life threatening emergencies such as:
major accident or trauma
loss of consciousness
severe chest pain.
NHS 111 also provides a confidential interpreter service in many other languages if required. For deaf people and those hard of hearing, a text phone service is available on 18001 111.
Please note that all MIUs will see their last patient 30 minutes before closing.
Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 18.00 Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 - 18.00 Bank Holidays: 09.00 - 18.00
Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.00 No bank holidays or weekends
Bridport Community Hospital Minor Injuries Unit is open to all ages, 7 days a week, all year round and covers West Dorset. Although closing time is 6pm the last time a patient is seen is 5.30pm. Patients arriving after this time cannot be seen. X-ray facilities: Monday to Friday 9am to5pm, no bank holidays or weekends.
Anyone can walk into our Minor Injury Unit and be seen. If they are not able to treat due to limited nurses prescribing for certain medications, you will be referred to Dorset County Hospital (DCH) or your GP. Children under two are notable to be x-rayed and will have to be referred to DCH X-Ray.
Please, consider MIUs and Urgent Care centres to easy the pressure on A&Es services in Dorset.
If your injury is not life threatening or serious, minor injuries units and urgent care centres can treat:
The Dorset Emergency Care Service (DECS) is operated by Dorset Ambulance NHS Trust.
If you have any queries or concerns about this service please contact: Sue Mereditch, Operations Manager, Dorset Emergency Communications Centre, Dorset Ambulance NHS Trust, Ringwood Road, St Leonard’s, Dorset BH24 2SP. Tel: 01202 851332.