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Health help on the beach

Residents and holiday-makers in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will be able to get fast health help for burns, allergies, sprains and bites this bank holiday when three pop-up minor injuries units open at the beach.

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with St John Ambulance to take healthcare directly to patients to save them from travelling to get the help they need.

First aiders will offer treatment for minor injuries such as cuts, burns, sprains, insect bites, stings, allergies and sunburn. They will be available:

  • Next to the splashpad at Gorleston seafront – 10am and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • At Great Yarmouth jetty – 10am and 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • On Royal Green at Claremont Pier in Lowestoft – 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday

Fran O’Driscoll, deputy director of commissioning with the CCG, said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to work with St John Ambulance to offer these pop-up minor injuries units in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

“By taking healthcare help straight to the beach, we can make sure residents and holiday-makers with minor injuries are able to get back to enjoying the bank holiday quickly, and without needing to travel further afield.

“We hope that taking the right service to meet their needs directly to their doorstep will relieve pressure on the busy emergency department at the James Paget University Hospital so that it can focus on providing life-saving care to those in the greatest need.

“Anyone who does need acute medical treatment which the team is unable to provide will be referred on to the most appropriate service to meet their needs.”

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Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG