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Overnight closure of three Minor Injury Units in Aberdeenshire set to commence

By Kyle Ritchie

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Three Minor Injury Units in Aberdeenshire are set to close overnight from Monday.

The Huntly, Fraserburgh and Peterhead units will operate from 7am with the first available appointment at 8.30am and the last available appointment for a minor injury presentation at 7pm, seven days a week from Monday, July 1.

The Minor Injury Unit at Huntly's Jubilee Hospital is set to close overnight. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The Minor Injury Unit at Huntly's Jubilee Hospital is set to close overnight. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

John Tomlinson, chairman of the Integration Joint Board (IJB), said: “We know that change can be unsettling and this decision, to alter the opening hours of the three MIUs, has not been taken lightly; it rests on a strong foundation of data collected over many months – which shows a low number of minor injury presentations overnight.

“The initial feedback from practitioners and the public has been helpful for officers allowing us to describe the different functions of our minor injury service and the role of the out of hours primary care service (GMED).

“The feedback we have received so far about urgent and emergency care is being shared with services.”

Vice-chairwoman of the IJB, Councillor Anne Stirling, said: “Like much of the public sector we are facing significant budgetary pressures and will need to make efficiencies and savings of over £20 million this financial year to ensure that health and social care services for our most vulnerable residents are sustainable into the future.”

Members of the public are reminded that the minor injury service and the out of hours GP services (GMED) are both accessed by calling NHS 24 on 111 and people should not arrive at any of the units without an appointment.

People should call NHS 24 on 111 when:

• You think you need A&E but it’s not life or limb threatening.

• You need support with mental health distress.

• You need urgent care, and your GP, pharmacy or dental practice is closed.

Always call 999 in a medical emergency – when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. These can include:

• Loss of consciousness.

• Cardiac arrest.

• Stroke.

• An acute confused state.

• Chest pains.

• Breathing difficulties.

• Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.

• Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

• Severe burns or scalds.

• Major trauma, such as a road traffic accident or fall from a height.

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