Roscommon University Hospital has reminded people that their Injury Unit is open from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year to treat a wide range of injuries which are non-life or non-limb threatening.
The Injury Unit is staffed by Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, and is an alternative to visiting an emergency department.
Maggie Mew, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Roscommon Injury Unit said that every year and particularly during the winter months, emergency departments see vast numbers of patients who could be treated more appropriately somewhere else.
“Here at Roscommon Injury Unit we are able to see, diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries for both adults and children over the age of five,” said Maggie Mew.
“You do not need to make an appointment, we have a walk-in service and the team is experienced in treating people quickly and efficiently.”
The unit treats injuries from shoulder to finger and from knee to toe including non-life or non-limb threatening injuries like broken bones, fractures, scalds, minor burns, traumatic wounds, sports injuries such as hand and ankle injuries, removal of foreign bodies from the eye, ear and nose.
“The injury unit provides quick access to tests and x-rays and should you require a referral to specialist care, we will arrange all that for you,” she said.
“This winter if you need treatment for a minor injury, come to Roscommon Injury Unit and by doing so, you will get the care and treatment you need, you will avoid long wait times and more importantly by coming to us for your care, you are allowing emergency department staff to concentrate on patients who have serious and life-threatening conditions.
“Last year more than 6,700 people attended the Roscommon Injury Unit and this year we have had 7,800 people attending to date.
“You don’t have to be from Roscommon to attend our injury unit. We see patients from Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Offaly, Galway and Westmeath.
“If you are looking for advice on your injury and want to know if you should attend the Roscommon Injury Unit, please do call us on 090 663 2212.”