West Norfolk people in need of health help this winter are being urged to use a pop-up minor injury unit which is returning for three weekends to support frontline services such as A&E. 

Advanced first aiders from St John Ambulance will be running the unit in Sainsbury’s car park in Hardwick Road, King’s Lynn following its success in Hunstanton in August.

The team will be on-hand  from 10am to 6pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, also December 22 and 23 and December 29 and 30.

 West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with St John Ambulance to provide this service. 

Sarah Jane Ward, the CCG’s director of nursing and quality assurance, said: “Winter is always a busy time for the NHS, particularly with minor injuries, so we would like to appeal to people to consider using the NHS 111 service, a pharmacist or the pop-up unit.”

The first aiders are able to treat a number of complaints including         minor bleeding, sprains and stings.          

Christopher Levis, district manager for St John Ambulance in Norfolk, said: “We are delighted to be again working with West Norfolk CCG after the successful initiative this summer at Hunstanton. 

“By helping our NHS partners to provide the appropriate care to those that need it this winter, we will also hope to relieve pressure on local A&E departments. 

“If you have sustained a minor injury and need any assistance over the festive period, please come and speak to one of our first aid-trained volunteers.”