As hospital emergency departments remain under ongoing pressure, the HSE is reminding the public that the Roscommon Injury Unit is open every day of the year, from 8am to 8pm, to treat a wide range of injuries.

The unit has treated 7,800 people to date this year from across the West - the figure has already surpassed last year's when 6,700 people attended the Roscommon Injury Unit.

The HSE says that, particularly during the Winter months, hospital Emergency Departments are seeing a vast number of patients who could be treated more appropriately elsewhere.

The Roscommon Injury Unit can diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries for adults and children over the age of 5 - including broken bones, fractures, scalds, minor burns, traumatic wounds, sports injuries and removal of foreign bodies from the eye, ear and nose.

The unit provides quick access to tests and x-rays, and it's a walk-in service - no appointment needed.

The unit treats patients from across counties Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Westmeath, the HSE is urging people with a minor injury to use the facility, thereby avoiding long waiting times at Emergency Departments, and allowing staff in these departments to concentrate on patients with serious and life-threatening injuries.