Western General Hospital
Crewe Road South
The Minor Injuries Clinic at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh is open every day of the year, seven days a week, from 8am to 9pm (with the last patient book-in at 8.30pm). No appointment is necessary.
The clinic treats adults and children over one year old and is staffed by specialist nurse, paramedic and physiotherapy practitioners. It offers the following services:
- Treatment for a wide range of injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains, wound infections and simple fractures for patients aged over one year
- Advice and health promotion
- Where appropriate or indicated, x-rays of limb injuries for patients aged 12 years and over, physiotherapy referrals, tetanus vaccination and simple analgesia.
Note: staff cannot x-ray or administer medicine for children under 12 years, apart from Calpol).
The clinic opened on 1 November 1994, breaking new ground by becoming the first nurse-led unit of its kind in Scotland. In its first full year it treated nearly 10,000 patients.
21 years on, the unit now treats around 25,000 people every year and continues to be at the forefront of quality care and one of NHS Lothian’s flagship services. Importantly, it provides a prompt, expert alternative to busy hospital emergency departments which are dealing with life-threatening injuries.
Over the years the Minor Injuries Clinic has developed protocols that allow its staff to see and treat a wider range of patients, rather than see and refer patients for treatment elsewhere. This has helped the clinic in its drive to provide a slicker one-stop and patient-centred service.
- If you want to check if your injury is suitable for treatment at the Minor Injuries Clinic, phone first on 0131 537 3481.
- The Minor Injuries Clinic is at the Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh. The nearest entrance to the Minor Injuries Clinic is the entry via Porterfield Road.
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