A senior emergency medicine consultant has issued a plea not to bring seriously ill children to the Vale of Leven’s (VoL) Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).
Dr Alasdair Corfield wants to stress that the MIU has all the appropriate clinical expertise to deal with children over the age of one with a minor injury but the VOL MIU, like all MIU's across Scotland is not set up to care for children with a serious illness.
Dr Corfield said: “Every day at least one child is taken to the Vale of Leven Minor MIU with an illness the unit is unable to treat resulting in that child having to be transferred to another treatment centre.
“All of these children had an illness that needed emergency department care which cannot be provided at the MIU. These children require to be transferred off site which can have a serious effect on their health.”
Parents in West Dunbartonshire are urged to make sure they know where to receive safe and appropriate treatment relevant to their condition.
By making the right choice and knowing where to go if your child needs any type of healthcare treatment it can make a massive difference not only to the child’s health but also the time you may need to spend in a treatment centre.
This campaign is promoting where children will get the right care and treatment for their condition with leaflets and posters available pointing parents where to go.
Dr Corfield added: “The staff at the Vale of Leven MIU can treat cuts and grazes, insect bits, minor burns, sprains and sprains, limb injuries like a broken ankle, broken wrist etc and foreign bodies in ears or up noses.
“However, they will be unable to treat more serious conditions such as major injuries, poisoning, fever, breathing difficulties stomach pains, vomiting or diarrhoea, rashes or allergic reactions.
“If a child has a serious condition taking them to the MIU only postpones the time to diagnose and treat the child which could affect their health outcome so parents need to know where to go.
“We understand that when a child has something wrong with them you want to seek medical help as quickly as possible but if a child is taken to somewhere that cannot provide the treatment they need it doesn’t help the child or the parent.
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