Minor Injuries Units
Three hospitals within the Northern Trust have Minor Injuries Units: Antrim Area Hospital, Causeway Hospital, Coleraine and Mid Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt. The Minor Injuries units are staffed by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENP) who are experienced emergency department nurses with additional training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions. They treat minor injuries such as: injuries to upper and lower limbs; broken bones, sprains, bruises and wounds; bites – human, animal and insect; burns and scalds; abscesses and wound infections; minor head injuries; broken noses and nosebleeds; and, foreign bodies in the eyes and nose. Certain exclusions apply such as hip, back, neck and head injuries cannot be treated and children under three cannot be x-rayed. It is advisable to phone first if you are unsure whether you can be treated by a Nurse Practitioner. You may be referred by your GP or other health care professional.
Minor Injuries Units at Antrim Area Hospital and Causeway Hospital, Coleraine operate from 9am -9pm (for adults and children). Patients attending outside of these times will be categorised along with other emergencies and may experience a delay in treatment when the department is busy.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Mid Ulster Hospital is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, excluding public holidays. The Mid Ulster Hospital Minor Injuries Unit offers treatment for a range of simple and minor injuries/accidents without the need for a referral of appointment.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, and the focus on infection prevention and social distancing, a Phone First system has been introduced for patients (including children) who are unwell and considering travelling to Antrim Area Hospital or Causeway Hospital Emergency Departments or the Mid Ulster Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, and those with an injury or illness which requires urgent treatment but is not immediately life threatening. The Phone First system operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 0300 123 1 123
Phone First Text Relay: 18001 0300 123 1 123
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