The Vale’s Minor Injuries Unit is well used by the local community – but do you know all the services it offers?
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. The service is nurse-led and patients are usually seen and treated within four hours.
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.
An MIU is also the right place to bring a child with a minor injury, but under 1 year old babies should always be taken to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.
In the Clyde area a 1-5 year old children with a minor injury can to taken to either the Vale MIU, Royal Alexandra Hospital or Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
Marie Farrell, NHSGGC’s Director for Clyde said: “We are in the middle of Winter and patients should carefully consider the best place to attend if they are unwell. Attending our MIUs for a minor condition allows our emergency departments to treat those patients with more serious conditions.”
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.
If you are unsure the right place to go for the right treatment, please contact NHS24 on 111. Always dial 999 in an emergency.