Increase in visits to minor injuries unit

There was a 10 per cent increase in the number of visits to the minor injuries unit (MIU) at Roscommon Hospital last year, while a record of more than 10,500 people attended its urgent care centre (UCC).

  This was revealed by the hospital under the Freedom of Information Act.

  The UCC is comprised of four compartments – the MIU, medical day services, medical assessment unit and rapid access clinic – where 13 nurses and one non-consultant doctor are employed on a full-time basis. It cost €900,465 to pay staff in the UCC last year.

  The number of people attending the UCC has increased gradually since its opening in July 2011: there was 9,230 visits in 2012; 9,395 in 2013; 10,155 in 2014; and a new high of 10,584 last year.

  The MIU also had a record number of patients last year – 5,118 – a sharp rise on the 4,650 who were treated there in 2014. The average waiting time in this unit last year, from registration to departure, was 56.1 minutes.