What do we treat?

Injury Units will treat patients with injuries that are not life-threatening and unlikely to result in serious long-term disability. Injury Units will not treat medical conditions, pregnancy-related or gynaecological problems, injuries to the chest, abdomen or pelvis and serious head and spine injuries. Lists are provided to try to direct patients with single, isolated and uncomplicated injuries to these units. These are not exhaustive lists and patients should be advised to contact their Injury Unit or General Practitioner for guidance if they are uncertain whether or not to attend an Injury Unit or Emergency Department.

What the Injury Unit may treat

Adult Patients

Children aged 5 and older - What the Injury Unit may treat

  • Suspected broken bones to legs from knees to toes
  • Suspected broken bones to arms  from collar bone (clavicle) to finger tips
  • Any sprain or strain
  • Minor facial injuries  (including oral, dental and nasal injuries)
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Wounds, bites, cuts, grazes and scalp lacerations
  • Splinters and fish hooks
  • Foreign bodies in eyes/ears/nose
  • Minor head injury
    (fully conscious children, who did not experience loss of consciousness or vomit after the head injury)

 What the Injury Unit may not treat

Adult Patients

  • Conditions due to medical illness e.g. fever, seizures, headache.
  • Suspected serious injury or inability to walk following a fall from a height or a motor vehicle collision. Patients with neck pain or back pain that started on the day of injury should attend an ED rather than an Injury Unit.
  • Injury causing chest pain, abdominal pain or shortness of breath
  • Serious head injury
  • Chest pain
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Neck/back pain
  • Pregnancy related conditions
  • Pelvis or hip fractures
  • Injuries due to self-harm

Children aged 5 and older

  • Any child of any age with a medical illness e.g. fever, seizures, respiratory symptoms
  • Any child younger than five years

Any child aged five years or older with:

  • Non-traumatic limp or non-use of a limb
  • Injuries following a fall from a height or a motor vehicle collision
  • Serious head injuries
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Injuries due to self-harm
  • Neck pain or back pain