Capacity is regularly an issue in emergency departments and the number of attendances continue to substantially year-on-year. Hospitals often find people wait in emergency for treatment for injuries or conditions which don’t need emergency treatment.
Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) can be sited close to the hospital’s emergency department, providing an alternate route to treatment that provides much needed triage and reduces the number of onward admissions to beds.
A combination of mobile and/or modular facilities can be used to create a suite of bespoke spaces providing a complete clinical environment where patients can be booked in, prepared, receive treatment and recover.
An MIU can treat those with less serious injuries, diverting them away from emergency to a more suitable environment. This in turn can improve the overall patient experience as more people can be treated quickly, effectively and in the most comfortable environment possible. Pressure on emergency departments can be reduced and patients with serious and life-threatening injuries and illness can be prioritised more effectively.
A temporary MIU facility can also help hospitals cope with additional demand during particularly busy times, such as through the winter months. A connection between the mobile or modular unit to the existing emergency department through a purpose-built walkway, providing a seamless experience for the patient.
Mobile outpatient clinics are also available, offering stand-alone facilities for increasing outpatient access within an existing hospital site. These include a reception, patient waiting area, consulting rooms and examination rooms along with utilities and WC and can be used by community hospitals or GP practices, to manage periods of increased demand.