HSE urges public to avail of injury unit services at St John's

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

HSE urges public to avail of injury unit services at St John's

St John’s Hospital: 10,000 passed through its doors last year

TEN thousand people attended the injury unit at St John’s Hospital in 2015, according to the HSE, which is urging the public to consider the facility before attending the A&E at UHL in Dooradoyle.

St John’s Hospital is one 11 local injury units [LIU] across the country, which is open five days a week, from 8am to 6pm, treating adults and children aged five and older.

Consultant, Dr Gareth Quin said: “Last year, 9,701 patients attended our service for a wide variety of injuries and we know from feedback received that our patients generally have a very positive experience.

"We really want to make sure that everyone knows just what our injury unit does and the efficient and high quality care patients will receive when they attend.”

Injury units are designed and equipped for the treatment of patients with broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns that are unlikely to need overnight admission to hospital.

Staff members perform x rays, reduce joint dislocations, apply plaster casts and treat wounds by stitches or other means.

They have swift access to diagnostics including x ray and laboratory tests and some have rapid access to physiotherapy services, and are staffed by consultant-led teams of doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists.

Dr Gerry McCarthy,  clinical lead of HSE emergency medicine programme, added: “The opportunity for patients to be seen and treated in an appropriate clinical setting with a potential turnaround time in some cases of less than an hour is clearly desirable.  

"We know that while some of our units are well known and used, in other areas, the public may not be quite as aware of the available service.”