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Beat the Queues and Use Your Local Minor Injuries Unit

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Nobody wants to be sitting about in a hospital emergency department for longer than they need to be – especially at Christmas – so NHSGGC is launching a campaign to highlight the benefits of visiting one of its Minor Injuries Units instead. 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is in the fortunate position of having dedicated, nurse-led Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at Stobhill, the New Victoria and Vale of Leven Hospitals (VOL), where 100% of patients are usually seen and treated within four hours. 

MIUs can treat cuts and grazes, insect bites, minor burns, sprains and strains, limb injuries like a broken ankle, broken wrist etc and foreign bodies in ears or up noses. 

However, they can’t treat more serious conditions such as major injuries, poisoning, fever, breathing difficulties stomach pains, vomiting or diarrhoea, rashes or allergic reactions. 

Scott Davidson, Acute Medical Director, NHSGGC said: “We are all aware of what a precious resource our NHS is and we need to use it wisely, and that is particularly important in winter. 

“This is the beginning of winter and patients should really consider carefully the best place to attend if they are unwell.  Those with serious or life-threatening illness and injuries will always be given priority.  Attending our MIUs for a minor condition allows our emergency departments to treat those patients with more serious conditions.” 

By visiting an MIU, you will be treated and discharged much quicker and here’s the proof: 

  • Neck strain/sprains - you can save around 1 hour and 13 minutes
  • Cut finger – you can save around 35 minutes
  • Knee strain/sprains - you can save around 42 minutes
  • Broken wrist - you can save around 48 minutes
  • Knee strain/sprains - you can save around 42 minutes 

There are four adult Emergency Departments within Greater Glasgow and Clyde – at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), Glasgow Royal Infirmary(GRI), Royal Alexandra Hospital RAH) in Paisley and Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) in Greenock. All adult ED departments also have facilities to treat minor injuries but patients will always be seen quicker at the stand-alone MIUs. 

You will be seen by a team of highly experienced staff, led by Emergency Nurse Practitioners, giving you quick access to health information, advice and treatment. Treatment includes being able to arrange x-rays if required, apply plasters or splints and stitch and dress wounds. 

An MIU is also the right place to bring a child with a minor injury – but only those over five years old. 

Under 1 year olds should always be taken to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. 

In Greater Glasgow 1 to 5 year olds with a minor injury should be taken to either the ED at GRI or the RHC. 

In the Clyde area 1-5 year old with a minor injury should to taken to either the RAH, IRH or the VOL. 

If you are unsure the right place to go for the right treatment, please contact NHS24 on 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency. 


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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Last Updated: 11 November 2021