Local Health Information and Advice for the Summer Holiday Period

Local people from across Forth Valley are encouraged to make use of the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital over the summer holidays.

The Unit is staffed by emergency nurse practitioners who can prescribe medication and treatment for a wide range of minor injuries including minor burns and scalds, infected wounds, sprains, cuts and grazes. Staff can also examine and treat minor injuries to the eye, ear, head and neck areas and arrange X-rays for suspected broken bones.

Although based in Stirling, the MIU offers treatment to patients with minor injuries over the age of one across Forth Valley, including residents from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. No appointment is necessary and the Unit is open 7 days a week from 9am – 9pm.

NHS Forth Valley’s Medical Director Miss Tracey Gillies said: “Many people with minor injuries automatically head for the Emergency Department however they can normally be seen and treated quicker by visiting the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital.

“This also frees up staff in our busy Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital to treat patients with more serious injuries who require urgent care.”

In addition to the MIU, local pharmacists can provide advice and treatment for many common illnesses such as coughs and hay fever and answer any questions you have about medicines. In addition, pharmacies across Forth Valley are now able to offer free treatment for urine infections and impetigo (a common skin infection) without a prescription. Health information is also available from NHS Inform by calling 0800 22 44 88 or visiting www.nhsinform.co.uk

ALFY (Advice Line for You), a local telephone advice line for older people living in Forth Valley, can be accessed 24/7 by calling 01324 567247. The service is available to anyone living in the Forth Valley area aged 65 and over, their family or other people who may care for them.  It aims to help older people remain well at home and nursing staff who provide the service are able to offer advice and arrange an assessment or home visit, if required.

To find out more about the Minor Injuries Unit visit www.nhsforthvalley.com/miu