The Minor Injuries Units (MIU) are run by emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) with the support of a small team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Support Workers. The Unit does not provide a minor illness service.
The units have access to X-ray facilities for the assessment of the injuries listed in the inclusion criteria. The nursing team are able to apply emergency plaster casts (back slabs) and are deemed competent in wound closure, including suturing. The ENPs have access to a selection of medications including simple pain killers and antibiotics utilised in wound management. The ENPs are able to refer to other health care teams such as orthopaedics, maxillofacial and burns and plastics (Morriston Hospital).
The Units aim to give a complete episode of care and discharge the patient home. On arrival patients will be assessed by a qualified nurse who will decide whether patients can be seen in the MIU. Usually waiting times are relatively short, but at peak times, can increase to around 2-3 hours.