Mi­nor­in­juries uni­tis­not­place to­takesick­kids

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

Par­ents in­West Dun­bar­ton­shire have been warned not to take se­ri­ously ill chil­dren to theVale of Leven Hospi­tal’s mi­nor in­juries unit (MIU).

Dr Alas­dair Cor­field has stressed that the fa­cil­ity is not set up to care for chil­dren who are suf­fer­ing from fever, rashes or al­ler­gic re­ac­tions.

And the se­nior emer­gency medicine con­sul­tant con­firmed that this holds up treat­ment for the pa­tient.

Dr Cor­field said:“Ev­ery day at least one child is taken to theVale of Leven MIU with an ill­ness the unit is un­able to treat re­sult­ing in that child hav­ing to be trans­ferred to an­other cen­tre.

“All of these chil­dren had an ill­ness that needed emer­gency de­part­ment care which can­not be pro­vided at the MIU.These chil­dren re­quire to be trans­ferred off site which can have a se­ri­ous ef­fect on their health.

“The staff at the MIU can treat cuts and grazes, in­sect bites, mi­nor burns, sprains and sprains, limb in­juries like a bro­ken an­kle, bro­ken wrist etc and for­eign bod­ies in ears or up noses.

“How­ever, they will be un­able to treat more se­ri­ous con­di­tions such as ma­jor in­juries, poi­son­ing, fever, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, stom­ach pains, vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhoea, rashes or al­ler­gic re­ac­tions.”

Par­ents are be­ing urged to seek ad­vice from a phar­macy, GP and NHS24 if their child is un­well or 999 in an emer­gency.

How­ever if your child is in­jured and over one-year-old, they can be taken to the MIU or, if un­der one, they should at­tend at the Royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren or the Royal Alexan­dra Hospi­tal in Pais­ley.

The doc­tor added:“We un­der­stand that when a child has some­thing wrong with them you want to seek med­i­cal help as quickly as pos­si­ble but if a child is taken to some­where that can­not pro­vide the treat­ment they need it doesn’t help the child or the par­ent.”

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