Smithfield Minor Injuries
Mater Emergency Department recognises that some patients present to our department with minor injuries that can safely be managed by a doctor or advanced nurse practitioner in a minor injuries clinic as opposed to a busy Emergency Department.
In an effort to have our patients seen and managed as quickly as possible, we have designed a Minor Injuries Clinic at our local injury unit in Smithfield, Dublin 7.
At triage, you may identify an individual whom you think would be appropriate to refer to the minor injuries unit. You can discuss this with the floor consultant or senior registrar. A very brief triage is required as all patients are clinically stable and present with uncomplicated minor injuries. In many cases, patients have come to ED as they don't have a GP or might not have been able to get an appointment. For some, they may only require an X-ray.
Doctors in Smithfield have access to plain film X-rays, prescriptions, OPD appointment follow-up and plastics or orthopaedic opinion. Unfortunately, they do not have access to blood results.
If patients do not wish to avail of this service please explain that they will be seen in time order but that this almost certainly will involve a longer wait than attending the clinic in Smithfield.
They can change their mind at any time and ask to be referred to Smithfield.
Triage as normal
Print ED card
If suitable for Minor Injuries Clinic: track as discharge and drop down box to ED Clinic
Drop down box to MMUH Smithfield
Drop down to date and time of appointment (like making wound care appointment)
Track on appointment, write time and date on Acute Primary Care Sheet
Give sheet to patient and ask to attend at designated time with printed sheet
Transferring to Smithfield
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