The QE2 Hospital in Glasgow where the minor in juries unit will be sited.
As part of winter planning, a fully equipped and dedicated Minor Injury Unit (MIU) facility is being delivered to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) this weekend.
The temporary modular building is planned to be fully operational in December, giving the hospital additional capacity to see and treat up to 50 patients a day and allow the Emergency Department to focus on dealing with serious illnesses and injuries.
The facility will be staffed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s team of experienced staff including emergency nurse practitioners.
During the installation, the main Emergency Department at the QEUH will remain fully accessible, although some onsite temporary road closures will be in place, with appropriate traffic management teams deployed to provide advice and guidance to visitors.
Ongoing liaison with Scottish Ambulance Service throughout the planning process will ensure no disruption to services.
If the new unit proves successful, the health board will explore options to make to make a separate MIU a more permanent feature of the hospital campus.
Anne Harkness, Director, South Sector, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We’re absolutely committed to making changes to our services to ensure patients are seen as quickly as possible. This temporary MIU facility is just one of the ways we’re helping reduce pressure on our Emergency Department.
“Winter is the busiest time of the year for our services, and it’s really important we have the facilities in place to help manage the flow of patients with minor injuries.
“As part of this initiative, all of the appropriate planning has taken place to ensure minimal disruption to ongoing services at the hospital throughout the installation and operation of the MIU.”
About Minor Injury Units
MIUs are common across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with three additional dedicated facilities at Stobhill, the New Victoria and Vale of Leven hospitals. The units equipped to treat injuries such as cuts that need stitches, broken bones, sprains and minor burns. Patients are generally treated faster at an MIU than at an Emergency Department.