Departments / Minor Injuries Unit

The Minor Injuries Unit will treat adults and children aged five and over for a range of minor injuries. 

An injury is damage caused to the body by something physical (for example following a fall).

The Minor Injuries Unit will:

  • Arrange X-rays for suspected broken bones. For example, shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand (including fingers), knee, lower leg, ankle, foot and toes.
  • Treat and apply plaster to broken bones.
  • Treat back, shoulder and rib injuries.
  • Treat minor head and neck injuries.
  • Treat cuts/grazes as well as close (stitch) and dress wounds.
  • Treat sprains of ankles, knees, wrists and elbows.
  • Treat infected wounds.
  • Treat eye and ear injuries
  • Treat minor burns and scalds.
  • Assess a minor injury and refer to a specialist if required.

Who should not attend the MIU?

Patients with serious injuries will be taken to the local A&E department.

Minor Injuries Units will also not deal with illnesses. An illness can be described as when you feel unwell or in poor health, for example, if you have a high temperature (see below about what to do in the event of illness).

The Minor Injuries Unit will not treat:

  • Illnesses – When you feel unwell or in poor health (e.g. stomach pains, abscesses, rashes, tonsillitis).
  • Gynaecological problems.
  • Pregnancy problems.
  • Alcohol or drug related problems.
  • Mental Health problems.
  • Drug overdose.
  • Severe allergic reactions.
  • Breathing problems.
  • Chest pain.
  • Collapsed or unconscious patients.

For some types of these conditions you can contact NHS 24 for advice on 08454 242424 or get in touch with your GP.  If you are uncertain about what to do you should contact NHS 24 or if the situation is an emergency you should phone 999, or go to your local A&E Department.
 
You should also attend A&E with a minor injury between the hours of 9pm and 9am when the MIU is closed.

What if my child is under 5?

If your child is less than 1 year old you should attend the A&E Department at Yorkhill (Royal Hospital for Sick Children).

If your child is between 1 and 5 years old, you should attend the A&E Department at Yorkhill or the nearest adult A&E Department.

Remember, the MIU is only intended for people with less serious injuries who are aged 5 years and older. If your child has an illness they should not be taken to a Minor Injuries Unit. For advice on this you can contact NHS 24 on 08454 242424 or get in touch with your GP.

If you are uncertain about what to do you should contact NHS 24 or if you think it is an emergency you should go to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill or phone 999.

You can find out more about how your MIU can help by viewing our video clip (WMV), or clicking the button to the right.  The video contains audio, English subtitles and sign language.

Location: Level 1

The Unit has its own dedicated entrance.

If entering the hospital from Balornock Road, turn first right immediately before roundabout.

If entering from Belmont Road, take third exit at roundabout and first left.

If entering from Springburn Road, take first left after roundabout.


Opening Hours: 9am-9pm Monday to Sunday


Tel: 0141 355 1536



Page last updated: 09/12/2010