A campaign has been launched to encourage people across Forth Valley to make use of the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital.
The unit is staffed by emergency nurse practitioners who can prescribe medication and treatment for a wide range of injuries including minor burns and scalds, wounds, sprains, cuts and grazes.
Staff can also examine and treat minor injuries to the eye, ear, head and neck and arrange X-rays for suspected broken bones.
Although based in Stirling, the MIU offers treatment to patients with minor injuries over the age of one across Forth Valley, including Bo’ness and the surrounding area.
No appointment is necessary and the unit is open every day from 9am to 9pm.
NHS Forth Valley’s medical director Tracey Gillies said: “Many people with minor injuries automatically head for the emergency department but they can normally be seen and treated quicker by visiting the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) in Stirling .
“This also frees up staff in our emergency department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital to treat patients with more serious injuries.”