The minor injuries unit at Stamford Hospital will be closed for three extra days during the festive period.
The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reminding people that the walk-in service will not be available on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
The unit will be open from 9am until 5pm as usual on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 27, Monday, December 30 and New Year’s Eve.
During its opening hours the nurses on duty will be able to treat minor injuries including sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, insect and animal bites, minor head or eye injuries, cuts and grazes.
Sister and emergency nurse practitioner at Stamford Hospital, Julie Orr, has urged people to think carefully about where to go for treatment if they need it.
She said: “Over the festive period the minor injuries unit will be open on the days listed for all minor injuries.
“We ask the public to call the NHS 111 service and the out of hours GP service and not use A&E for minor ailments, as you may have to wait longer to be seen and serious and life-threatening conditions will always take precedent.”
The minor injuries and illness unit in Thorpe Road, Peterborough, will be open to patients from 8am until 8pm everyday and the emergency department at Peterborough City Hospital will remain open throughout Christmas and New Year to treat people with serious or life-threatening conditions.