broken bones

What Should I Do If I Have A Broken Bone?

Your first thought would be to go and A&E for an x-ray, right?

In a large number of cases that is the right thing to do, especially if you think you have a large, or particularly bad break.

However, if you think you have suffered a minor break or injury to an area such as your ankle or wrist, you could do better than waiting around for hours in A&E.  There are actually a number of other services available in East Berkshire that can treat small breaks and fractures.

These include:

Urgent Care Centres
Minor Injury Units
Walk-In Centres

An urgent care centre is available at St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead, which provides a weekday x-ray service for minor fractures to areas such as wrists and ankles. Please be aware that this service is not available for children under the age of 2.  The urgent care centre is staffed entirely by specially trained nurses who are able to request on-site x-rays where appropriate. If, after looking at your x-ray, the nurses say your break is more serious, you will be referred to A&E.

It is important to remember that some walk-in centres do not provide x-rays, and others only provide them at certain times. Most walk-in centres are able to treat small fractures, but unlike urgent care centres, not all of them are able to provide x-ray, so it’s best that you find out when and if your local walk-in centre is able to offer it. The walk-in centre in Slough, at Upton Hospital, does not provide x-ray. For those service providers who live in Richmond and use our Primary Care Centre at Teddington Memorial Hospital, there is also a walk-in centre there too, which is able to offer patients x-rays at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am – 7pm (last patient 6.45pm)
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 12pm – 5pm (last patient 4.45pm)

The walk-in centre at Slough is open 365-days-year, seven-days-a week, Occasionally, the staff may ask you to return in the morning for safety reasons if they are experiencing a particularly busy period.

Teddington walk-in centre operates on more restricted hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 10pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 8am – 9pmPlease be aware that neither walk-in centre is run by EBPCOOH.

For more information about how broken bones are treated by the NHS, please visit NHS Choices.