minor injury unit

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minor injury unit

A type of healthcare centre which is managed by a nurse and doesn’t require an appointment. MIUs were created in the 1990s as part of the UK Government’s drive to switch patient care away from hospital A&E departments, often as a transitional step towards closing a full-scale A&E. Because nearly 60% of A&E attenders warrant hospital treatment (40% of A&E visits are “majors” and nearly 20% are for fractures), only 40% of attenders would be appropriately managed in a minor injury unit. Such units are less popular with many patients, relatively expensive to run, and deliver questionable value for money.

Minor injuries units cannot treat
• Chest pain
• Breathing difficulties
• Major injuries
• Problems usually dealt with by a GP
• Stomach pains
• Gynaecological problems
• Pregnancy problems
• Allergic reactions
• Overdoses
• Alcohol related problems
• Mental health problems
• Conditions likely to require hospital admission

Minor injuries units can treat
• Sprains and strains
• Broken bones
• Wound infections
• Minor burns and scalds
• Minor head injuries
• Insect bites
• Animal bites
• Minor eye injuries
• Injuries to the back, shoulder and chest
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