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Minor injuries

GP consultation & treatment for children with minor injuries

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Childhood injuries are a frequent & common occurrence, More often than not, these will be minor scrapes & sprains, & we are available to help you with those. It is important to know when an injury from an accident requires emergency medical attention.

In the case of a minor injury, the doctor or nurse will be able to dress the wound & speak to you about the best options for care & recovery at home. If any further or more specialised management is required, the doctor will speak to you about the options available. We will help you with any other steps such as prescriptions or referrals, which are included in the cost of your consultation.

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“In the case of your child sustaining a minor injury, such as a minor cut or burn, a sprain, a suspected fracture, or if a cut has become infected, our GPs here at the Harley Street Health Centre will be able to help.

In more serious cases, you will need to seek the support of an emergency care unit. Injuries that require emergency medical attention include deep or wide wounds, wounds that have ragged edges, or wounds that do not stop bleeding after ten minutes. Other signs that emergency care is needed include swelling, numbness or lack of sensation in the affected area, & pain that gets worse.

Here are some guidelines to follow if your child has been injured.

In the case of a cut or scrape:
To stop the bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound. The bleeding should stop within 5-10 minutes. If it does not, please take your child to an A& E department. If the wound is minor, one of our doctors will be able to dress it for you.

In case of a sprain or strained muscle:
The pain should get better when the injured limb is rested. If there is constant pain, or pain that feels like it is getting worse, it could be the sign of a fracture. Swelling around the area is also a sign of fracture. In this case, an x-ray will be needed in order to confirm it, & this should be done at an A& E department.

If you are at all in doubt as to whether we can help, please give us a call & speak to us about what’s happened. We will let you know whether we can help and, wherever possible, will get you in to see one of our excellent team of GPs at the earliest opportunity.”

FAQs

How do I know whether or not a cut or wound is infected?

Some key signs with infection are redness of the skin around the cut, pus or fluid draining from the wound, & increasing pain or swelling in the area. If you notice any of these signs, please see a doctor at your earliest convenience.

How can I prevent a wound from getting infected?

The main points of care for cuts are to keep them clean & dry for the first 24 hours. The doctor will help you in explaining a more detailed care plan, depending on your case.

How do I know if my child has a fracture?

There are some signs that can indicate a fracture, such as constant pain, swelling, & in some cases a visible deformity in the affected limb. With minor fractures it can be harder to tell. In all cases, an x-ray will be required in order to confirm.