- 2011 - 682 patients were transferred from Mid Ulster minor injury unit to another emergency department, 84 of which were children under the age of 5
- 2012 (1/1/12 - 28/11/12) - 645 patients were transferred from Mid Ulster Minor Injury unit to another emergency department, 84 of which were children under the age of 5
Recently a grandmother who while baby sitting her grandchild, aged 4, had to attended the minor injury unit only to have to travel to Causeway as she was unaware of what was available in the unit. This caused a bit of distress for the grandmother.
There is scope to further develop the minor injury unit to take chest x-rays and have them tele-monitored to free up the A&E in Antrim, for both this type of x-ray and longer opening hours.
In my view the board have yet to act on fully informing the public on what is available at the minor injury unit, and I will resubmit within this question a request that every household in the NHSCT be posted a leaflet describing what is and is not available in the minor injury unit, this was first requested at the the board room meeting post the closure of the A&E.