Minor Illness and Injuries Unit 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

‘Friends of the Hills and Holes’

Public meeting & Launch event: Saturday 23rd November 2pm, Wilfrid Wood Hall, Barnack

Hills and holes friendsNatural England have announced an exciting new venture for the Village, the formation of a ‘Friends of the Hills and Holes’ Group, to increase the involvement of the local community in running the site, provide a forum where local people can contribute ideas and be kept informed about decisions affecting the area, and support Natural England  in managing this Internationally important Nature Reserve for the future .

It would be an independent Group, with its own Committee and budget.

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The Pilsgate path: our new right of way

We are fortunate in having numerous footpaths connecting our local villages, but until now there has been no direct off-road route between Pilsgate and Stamford. At the instigation of Barnack Parish Council, Burghley House Preservation Trust has generously agreed to a new right of way, enabling people to avoid the notoriously dangerous B1443 on Pilsgate Hill. The new path will lie in field margins, screened from the traffic by walls and hedgerows. It will be surfaced to make it suitable for cyclists and wheelchair users, as well as walkers. Construction work started in September and will take about a month.

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Barnack, Pilsgate and Stamford in Old Photographs

Barnack in old photographs

Please help to conserve water this spring

conserve waterLast month we touched on the possibility of a hosepipe ban. As you will now know from the extensive media coverage there will be a hosepipe ban across most of Southeast England from Thursday 5 April, including the Anglian Water region. 

Simply put, it just hasn’t rained enough.  By acting early and introducing a hosepipe ban now we can protect our water supplies over the drier, hotter spring and summer months. 

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Peterborough Policing Changes

I am writing to explain some of the forth coming changes that are due to take place within the structure of Peterborough Policing.

After eleven and a half years as the ‘Village Bobby’ I have been posted onto a new squad in Peterborough. 
I first started as the Barnack Ward policeman in October 2000.  I then took on the community policing role for the Glinton & Wittering Ward and Northborough Ward a few years later, covering 22 villages.

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The Importance of Conserving Water this Year

rainTalking about the weather is something we Brits do a lot of but there hasbeen more chat than usual in the media recently about the lack of rain.

Little wonder perhaps, when you consider that large parts of the East of England have officially been in drought since last summer.

Our region is used to dry weather - on average we get less rainfall each year than parts of the Middle East - but recently things have been exceptionally dry, leading to speculation about hosepipe bans.

Read more: The Importance of Conserving Water this Year