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Minor Injuries and Minor Illnesses unit is relocating

NGH’s Minor Injuries and Minor Illnesses unit (MIaMI) will be leaving the Highfield Clinical Care Centre when the doors close this Friday (16 March) to reopen on Monday morning (19 March) alongside A&E in the main hospital.

The move gives patients and clinicians easier access to frequently required diagnostic facilities such as x-ray and it coincides with the completion of the refurbishment and expansion of the minor cases facilities within A&E.

The service will also operate during the same hours as A&E. At Highfield the service was open between 8.00am and 6.30pm and not available at weekends or bank holidays.

Fiona Lennon, directorate manager for medicine and emergency care, said: “There is a need for close liaison between the MIaMI unit and other hospital departments, so it makes sense to have it here. Bringing MIaMI into the main hospital means that we can integrate two sets of staff with complementary skills. This will work better for the staff and will improve the care for patients who have a minor injury or illness.”

The service is located next to A&E, just inside the main entrance of the hospital at Cliftonville. A shared reception area will allow ease of direction to MIaMI of patients without access to a GP who have minor illnesses like stomach upsets and ear infections; or with injuries such as sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds.

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Posted on Thursday 15th March 2012