The Mallow Injury Unit, located on the grounds of Mallow General Hospital, one of 11 Injury Units the HSE have in place across the country, has attended to over 5,500 patients by the end of October 2018.
Injury Units can treat patients with broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, wounds, scalds and minor burns that are unlikely to need overnight admission to hospital.
The Units provide swift access to tests and x-rays, and some have rapid access to physiotherapy services, and are staffed by Consultant led teams of doctors, advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists.
Patients can go directly to the Unit or be referred by a GP.
Mallow Injury Unit is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm, and can treat patients aged 5 and over. In 2017, over 6,000 patients attended Mallow Injury Unit, with the latest figures showing that almost 5,529 patients were treated in the unit by the end of October 2018.
The feedback from a recent survey shows that patients are very satisfied with the services provided in our Injury Units with 91% of respondents rating the service as excellent or very good.
The survey found that 33% of respondents got their injury playing sports, 31% injured themselves at home, and 10% injured themselves at work.
Three such units are located in Cork and by the end of October 2018, 26,536 patients have been treated at the Injury Units in the county.
Numbers treated at the units by the end of October 2018 show Bantry catered for 4,954 patients, while The Mercy Injury Unit catered for 16,053 patients.
Nationwide, all units have had consistently good feedback and reaction from the patients they treat. There is no charge for patients with full medical cards or those patients with valid medical/GP referral letter.
For more information visit www.hse.ie/injuryunits