Meet the NHS experts who’ll make sure you’re treated quickly this winter

The recent bad weather serves as a timely reminder that winter brings an increased risk of slips, trips and falls.

Thankfully, the consequences of many falls on snow or ice are simply minor bumps, bruises and breaks.

Winter is always a busy time for our accident and emergency departments so if you fall and suffer a minor injury, the best place for you to get treated for is the Minor Injuries Unit.

The units are staffed by highly experienced emergency nurse practitioners who treat a range of minor injuries, including sprains and cuts and broken bones.

In Greater Glasgow and Clyde we have three dedicated minor injuries units– at Stobhill, Victoria and Vale of Leven Hospitals – which open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

And from 3rd January, a fourth Minor Injuries Unit will open at West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital (formerly Yorkhill Hospital).

There’s no need to make an appointment and with an average waiting time of less than two hours, they’ll be able to patch you up quickly and send you on your way.

Now, a new video has been launched to introduce the staff who work in our Minor Injuries Units.

Ally McLaws, Director of Communications, said: “The video features New Victoria Hospital-based Emergency Nurse Practitioner Julie Apicella who has 26 years’ nursing experience and is one of our ‘NHS experts’.

“It is being shown on facebook, twitter and Youtube and has proved an instant hit with more than 10,000 views in its first three days.

“It provides a simple reminder that our MIUs are the best place for rapid treatment of minor injuries.

“I would encourage everyone to share it with friends and families to make sure we all know where to go to be patched up quickly.”