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Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has published the new opening hours from 6 May 2024 for two of its minor injury units in the county

Nevill Hall Hospital and Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr will both have new opening hours but the units at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan and the Royal Gwent Hospital will remain the same.

Opening hours for Gwent’s minor injury units 

Nevill Hall Hospital, AbergavennyOpen 18 hours every day from 7am to 1am, seven days per week 
Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach Open 18 hours every day, from 7am to 1am, seven days per week 
Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw ValeOpen 10 hours, from 9am to 7pm,Monday to Friday [excluding bank holidays] (Unchanged) 
Royal Gwent Hospital, NewportOpen 24 hours, seven days per week (Unchanged) 

The health board is reminding residents that:

  • The 111 Wales service can be contacted 24 hours a day for minor injury queries and advice.
  • The Gwent Health Guide offers 24/7 access to advice on where to go for medical help.

The minor injury units treat injuries that are not life or limb-threatening and are staffed by specialist-trained emergency nurse practitioners. They can treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over one-year-old, including broken bones; minor burns; and eye, ear and nose injuries.

The emergency department at The Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran provides critical care and emergency treatment, such as for life or limb-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Claire McCarthy, consultant nurse for emergency care at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said: “Our Minor Injury Units are a fantastic resource for our population, but we have found that their demand varies greatly throughout the day.

“As we noticed there was very little activity at night, we recently undertook a comprehensive public engagement exercise to ensure we were using our Minor Injury Units in the most efficient way to meet demand.

“The feedback we received was extremely valuable, and we would like to say thank you to all those who contributed and made their views known.“We recognise the concerns expressed by many people and we have taken time to listen, understand and put additional measures in place as a result.

“Reducing the overnight opening hours of two of our units will allow us to use our limited resources in the most effective way for our patients and our staff, and to ensure they are sustainable for the future.“We have also made sure that information about all of our Urgent Care services is readily available so that our patients understand how to get the most benefit from them, no matter the time of day.”