Minor Injuries Unit New Opening Times

By Jane Cruickshank / November 5, 2019
My friend's finger dipped in tomato ketchup

THE opening hours at Stonehaven’s Minor Injury Units (MIU) will be changing from Monday 11th November.

From this date, the MIU at the Kincardine Community Hospital will be open from 08:00-22:00 seven days a week.

The implementation of the changes to opening hours will be reviewed within six months by the Aberdeenshire Integration Joint Board.

What your MIU can do for you

Nurse led Minor Injury Units can treat anyone over the age of 24 months provided that the injury has been sustained within 48 hours. MIUs can treat a number of types of injuries, provided they are not serious.

Some of the types of injuries and treatments our Minor Injury Nurses can provide are:

  • Treat some minor head injuries BUT you may need further assessment or treatment should there be concerns that you may have suffered a concussion.
  • Treat some minor eye or ear injuries BUT your eye injury may be better treated at an Optician. 
  • Treat cuts and grazes.
  • Close and stitch or glue wounds so long as they are not too serious.
  • Treat infected wounds.
  • Treat and care for strains or sprains and assess whether a bone may be broken.

MIUs cannot treat any Pregnancy related complications, Mental Health issues, intoxication, drugs overdoses. Our Minor Injury nurses can also not treat you for any illnesses including things like; earaches, high fevers, colds, flu like symptoms or stomach upsets. If you are suffering from any illnesses then you should contact your GP or call NHS 24 on 111

MIUs are not equipped to deal with medical emergencies and if you are experiencing any of the following you should call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

  • Acute Asthma
  • Chest Pain
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Stroke Symptoms
  • Drug Overdoses
  • Shortness of Breath

For further information about where to get the right treatment and care for you please visit: https://www.know-who-to-turn-to.com/

Note from The Bellman – yes that was tomato ketchup!

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