Minor Injury and Illness Services
- Montrose Minor Injury and Illness Unit has closed.
- The Unit in Arbroath will be used for Minor Injuries ONLY and open from 8am – 8pm 7 days a week. GP cover will be greatly reduced and patients may be required to travel to Dundee.
- The Integrated Overnight Service in Angus (IONA) remains unchanged and will continue to support people overnight.
- There is currently no change to the service provided in the Whitehills Minor Injury and Illness Unit which will be open from 9am – 16.30pm, 7 days a week.
Advice on accessing the right treatment in the right place, at the right time:
You can contact your GP practice between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. When your GP surgery is closed you can access appropriate out of hours services through NHS 24 by calling 111. This will ensure that your call is clinically triaged and you are appointed to the correct place to be reviewed safely.
Your local pharmacist can provide a whole range of services including free advice, support and guidance on all your health problems. Community pharmacies are open at convenient times on Saturdays and Sundays in many locations.
Our Minor Injury and Illness Units (MIIU) across Angus are nurse led – staffed by primary care staff nurses who have undergone additional training in both Minor Injuries and Minor Illness management. During the week, Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm, persons with a Minor Illness should contact their own GP surgery for an appointment with either their GP or Practice Nurse. Patients with new or relatively recent minor injuries should attend their nearest MIIU, however any long standing injuries will require to be seen by patient’s own GP and may require specialist referral for further assessment.
Angus Minor Injury and Illness Units are for minor injuries and illnesses which you cannot treat yourself, for example sprains and strains, minor burns and scalds, chemical splashes, insect and animal bites, minor eye injuries or ear infections. For anything else you are advised to call your GP between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
All patients arriving at the MIIU will initially be assessed by a primary care staff nurse and, if appropriate, will be treated and discharged by the nurse, referred on to a specialist service or referred on to an Out of Hours GP. During Out of Hours, the GPs are either based in the PCEC, which is at Arbroath MIIU, or will be on call across Angus doing home visits.
Arbroath (Primary Care Emergency Centre)
Monday to Friday: Open 24-hours
Saturday and Sunday: Open 24-hours
Public Holidays: Open 24-hours
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Links Health Centre
Frank Wood Way
Monday to Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed
Tuesday: 2pm – 4:30pm
Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre
Monday to Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm
Public Holidays: 9am – 4:30pm
Monday: 9am – 12 noon
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 12 noon
It is worth noting that not all injuries require immediate X-Ray and therefore, if safe to wait, you may be asked to re-attend for X-Ray when available. Alternatively, you could be referred to another MIIU for X-Ray. During the OOH’s period, if it is unsafe to wait until X-Ray is available locally, then you may be referred to A&E at Ninewells.
If you live in the Brechin area, are registered with Brechin Health Centre and have a minor injury that is not serious, for example a sprain, strain, minor burn, insect and animal bite, or minor eye injury you can call Brechin Health Centre on 01356 624411. The reception staff will ask you a series of questions to help direct you to the most appropriate member of the healthcare team during normal opening hours (8am – 6pm). While certain injuries may be appropriate for management within the practice, you may also be signposted to another local healthcare provider such as the community pharmacy, or where more specialized assessment required you may be advised to attend one of the three minor injury units in Arbroath, Forfar or Montrose.
Anyone who is not a patient of Brechin Medical Practice should attend one of the other three MIIUs in Angus listed above.
Other ways to access help
- NHS 24 is available by dialling 111 and can provide urgent healthcare advice 24-hours-day
- Local pharmacists can also provide services and free advice, support, and guidance on a range of health problems
- Call 999 for stroke, heart and chest pain, severe bleeding, or for someone who is having difficulty breathing or is unconcous