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13 October 2017

Fast-track treatment for Lesley at Minor Injury Unit

When Lesley Connolly went over on her ankle just outside Tesco in Folkestone she didn’t think for one minute about heading to accident and emergency (A&E) – as she told the BBC when they filmed her this month.

The 39-year-old spent a week hobbling around with a swollen foot, but when she realised it wasn’t getting better quickly she decided to get checked out at Folkestone Minor Injury Unit (MIU).

Based at the Royal Victoria Hospital at Folkestone, the unit is open from 8am until 8pm, every day of the year.

Lesley, mum to three-year-old Joshua, was seen quickly, with no waiting around, and an x-ray revealed a small fracture. She was treated by Victoria Haley, one of our emergency nurse practitioners, who specialises in with dealing with minor injuries.

She said: “I put my foot down and went straight over. I didn’t think about A&E, I thought I would come to MIU first, rather than waste time travelling to the William Harvey, which I know is for life-threatening conditions and not things like tender ankles!

“The minor injury unit is a really good place. They do a wonderful job. They gave me great advice on soft tissue injuries and put my foot in splint, which helped me to walk and recover. I knew it was there as I had been there before with my son Josh.”

You can find your nearest minor injury unit here. You can also download the Health Help Now app to check your symptoms and find out the best place to be treated. Use the Waitless app to find out which MIU can see you fastest.