Minor Injuries Unit treats more than 68,000 patients

Stobhill Hospital
Stobhill Hospital

The number of people treated at Stobhill Hospital Minor Injuries Unit since it opened in 2009 has exceeded the number predicted.

More than 68,000 people have been treated - up on the estimated 15,000 patients per year that was estimated.

Health chiefs said the higher number demonstrates how well thought of the service is in the community.

The major milestone in patient numbers treated comes as a survey of MIU patients revealed that 96 per cent rated their experience at the unit as either ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’.

One hundred per cent also said they were given appropriate time to explain their injury and the same number said they fully understood the nurse’s explanation of their injury and treatment.

Run by specialist Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs), the unit is open between 9am and 9pm for patients who are injured or ill but who do not need to go to A&E.

By attending an MIU patients with minor or less serious injuries gain rapid access to highly skilled clinical teams meaning they wait for less time before treatment than they might at an A&E where emergency teams need to concentrate on more seriously ill patients.

Pauline Garvie, Stobhill MIU Emergency Nurse Practitioner, said: “We are very proud of the fast, quality service that we offer and this patient feedback is wonderfully encouraging for the whole team.

“We tend to see people who have limb injuries such ankle or wrist fractures as the result of a fall, but are not life threatening.”

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