£25 minor injuries clinic to cut out A&E
Patients suffering minor injuries will now be able to bypass hospital accident and emergency departments - but at a price.
A consultant-led unit has opened at the Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Belfast.
Initial cost of treatment is £25 when triaged by the nurse practitioner. Treatment includes limited traumatic head, facial, ear, nose and throat conditions as well as eye injuries, cuts, burns, wounds and bruises.
If you need to see a consultant, the cost is £90. A sliding scale of charges depends on tests, scans or X-rays and treatment required.
The unit is led by emergency medicine consultant Duncan Redmill, who says the unit is not in competition with the NHS.
Mr Redmill said: "I believe that the growth of this kind of service from the private sector may ease the burden on the NHS."
The unit will initially open from 5-8pm Monday to Friday, with a consultant on site from 6pm.