minor injury unit

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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The minor injury unit at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach will have much shorter waiting times for the treatment of minor injuries or illnesses.
The minor injury unit at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr in Ystrad Mynach will have much shorter waiting-times for the treatment of minor injuries or illnesses and will be open from 7am today and throughout the weekend.
A hospital insider at Crieff says services at their minor injury unit have fallen victim to the lack of nurses.
This investment shows the health board's commitment to the minor injury unit and Barry Hospital and we would encourage everyone to make use of it.
The Bondgate Practice in Alnwick, Northumberland, is withdrawing cover from wards and the minor injury unit at Alnwick Infirmary from April 1.
It means those who need a minor injury unit will face a 40-mile round trip to Dolgellau.
Andy MacNab, a consultant in emergency medicine, urged people to use the Welsh NHS more wisely and access a minor injury unit for fractures, dislocations, grazes, bites and minor burns.
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Contract notice: swcsu - enhanced minor injury unit for tiverton and district hospital- devon ( ex16 6nt).
MEDICS are launching a campaign urging people with strains and sprains to avoid A&E and visit a minor injury unit instead.
Judith Morgan, consultant nurse at Neath Port Talbot Hospital's Minor Injury Unit, says the qualification - the first of its kind in the UK - is a "flexible, cost-effective" way of establishing consistency of standards across Welsh minor injuries units and emergency departments.