- Ambulance service: telephone 999 for emergencies.
- Devon Doctors: telephone 111 for urgent (but non-emergency) cases that can’t await a GP appointment.
Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Derriford, Plymouth PL6 8DH www.nhs.uk/Service-Search Tel: 0845-1558155 or 01752-202082
A&E at Derriford Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a walk-in service which means at peak times the department can get busy.
Cumberland Centre Minor Injuries Unit, Damerel Close, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4JZ www.plymouthcommunityhealthcare.co.uk/services/miu Tel: 01752-434400
The MIU is an alternative to attending the Emergency Department when an injury is not considered life-threatening, but still requires urgent treatment. Examples of problems that can be treated at the MIU are:
• Cuts – we can use glue, steristrips (paper stitches) or sutures to close wounds
• Small burns or scalds
• Bites and stings
• Sprains and certain fractures (see above)
• Minor head injuries (except patients under 1 year old or over 65 years, or if knocked out, who must attend Accident & Emergency)
• Infected wounds
• Foreign bodies in eyes
The MIU is open from 8:30am to 9pm every day of the year.
If you are unsure whether the MIU is the right place for your treatment, please dial 111 so they can advise you which service is appropriate for your specific needs.
Shekinah Drop-In, Bath Street, Plymouth PL1 3LT www.shekinah.co.uk Tel: 01752-203480. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre receives around 50 adults a day and is often the first point of contact for many people setting out on their journey of recovery. The project provides a safe environment with a wide range of support services for the homeless, those with alcohol/drug misuse issues, ex-offenders and otherwise socially disadvantaged adults.
Services include hot meals, accommodation advice, access to on-site medical professionals (GP, Blood-borne Virus Nurse, Practice Nurse and Chiropodist), support and advice with welfare benefits, outreach and tenancy support, showers, clothing, relapse prevention, referrals and signposting to other strategic local agencies, some co-located on-site, as well as to other projects within the organisation.