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The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Lewes Victoria Hospital is closing temporarily whilst it undergoes major work to provide improved services as an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC).
This project is expected to support the local healthcare system and free up emergency care for those who need it most. Alongside the development of a new UTC, the scheduled work includes redesigning the layout to help nurses care for patients better, freeing up more room for patients who need care, providing additional space for support staff, improving infection control and building new, modern toilets.
The first phase of the work is expected to start on Wednesday 6 November 2019 and to last until April 2020. Other services at Lewes Victoria Hospital will continue as normal whilst improvement works are taking place.
All of the latest information about this project will be added to this page as it becomes available.
What does it mean for me?
Whilst the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Lewes is closed, patients will be able to access the same services at Uckfield Community Hospital MIU on Framfield Road, Uckfield TN22 5AW (open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week).
Uckfield MIU is just a 20 minute drive from Lewes MIU, along the A26, and there is free parking available on site. Three bus routes are also available which can be accessed from outside HM Prison on Brighton Road (a four minute walk from Lewes MIU) and stop at Uckfield Bus Station.
Brighton & Hove Buses Regency Routes 28, 29 and 29B run seven days a week at regular and frequent times throughout the day between the two sites, providing easy access for patients who live further from Uckfield. Visit www.buses.co.uk for more information, routes and timetables.
Compass route 231 runs between Uckfield Bus Station and the hospital a handful of times a day, Monday to Friday. The latest timetable can be found on their website www.compass-travel.co.uk.
Other services available
Did you know, there are a range of other services available to you when you need urgent medical attention?
NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you're not sure what to do. You can call 111 for free from a mobile or landline at any time, day or night, or go online to 111.nhs.uk, and you will be asked some questions about your symptoms. Depending on the situation, you could be signposted to another local service, connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, GP or other professional, given a face-to-face appointment or receive self-care advice.
Community pharmacists can give clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses. Pharmacists do more than dispense prescriptions and medicines and many now offer other services such as emergency contraception, a substance misuse service and weight management advice. Click here to find out more about your pharmacy team.
Your GP practice offers same day appointments if you need medical care that can't wait. Evening, weekend and bank holiday appointments are now available with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional. Click here to find out more about improved access to GP services.