Minorinjuries unitisnotplace totakesickkids
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.”