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Choose well for fast, effective healthcare during Easter

choose well logoMinor Injury Units open daily throughout holiday

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust is encouraging the public to choose the best place for expert health advice and help during the Easter holidays. The Trust’s Minor Injury Units (MIUs) will be open every day throughout the holiday period – offering a faster alternative to Accident and Emergency for less serious problems.

With many people traditionally getting stuck into gardening and DIY during the Easter holidays, healthcare workers are preparing for a steady flow of cuts, grazes, sprains and strains – exactly the kinds of injuries that can be quickly treated at one of the local MIUs in Bideford, Ilfracombe or Lynton.

Jo Hope, Senior Nurse in A&E, says: ‘Our job in A&E is to treat people with life-threatening or serious conditions quickly – and this means that people with more minor problems sometimes have to wait for several hours to be seen.

‘Minor Injury Units provide a fast, non-urgent service for a range of conditions including cuts, bruises, broken bones, sprains and minor head injuries (not concussion)’.

The MIUs will be open every day over the Easter holidays. Bideford and Ilfracombe are also open in the evenings – Bideford until 8.30pm and Ilfracombe until 9.00pm each day. Lynton is open until 6pm on weekdays and 4pm on bank holidays and weekends.

Choosing the best option for your condition

Minor Injury Unit – Easter opening times

For minor injuries, it’s usually better to go to your nearest Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).
You don’t need an appointment to visit a MIU – but it’s helpful if you can ring ahead. MIUs are run by highly qualified nurse practitioners who can treat a wide variety of problems including:

  • cuts and grazes,
  • sprains and strains,
  • broken bones (fractures),
  • bites and stings (including human bites),
  • infected wounds,
  • minor head injuries (not concussion)
  • eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.

Bideford MIU, Abbotsham Road, EX39 3AG – telephone 01237 420205

open 07:30-20.30 (X-ray available Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri am[1])

Ilfracombe MIU, St Brannocks Park Road, EX34 8JF – telephone 01271 863448

open 08:00-21:00 (X-ray available Mon pm and Thu pm)

Lynton MIU, Lee Road, EX35 6BP – telephone 01598 753310

open 08:00-18:00 weekdays and 11:00-16:00 weekends


Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common winter illnesses can be safely treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.

www.nhs.uk or NHS Direct 0845 46 47

For internet information on all aspects of health and health care go to www.nhs.uk. It allows you to check your symptoms and check hundreds of conditions and treatments.

Local pharmacist

Visit your pharmacy when you are suffering from a common winter health problem that does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor. Your pharmacist can provide advice on common winter illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. Pharmacy opening hours are published in the local press.

GP Out-of-hours service – Devon Doctors 0845 6710 270

Devon Doctors provides the urgent out-of-hours GP service in Devon. This service is available to everyone in Devon, including unregistered patients and visitors to the county. When absolutely essential, GPs can also provide home visits out-of-hours.

Accident and Emergency (A&E)

Accident and Emergency should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. A&E provides immediate emergency care for people who show symptoms of serious illness or who are badly injured.

[1] Simple limb fractures can also be treated in MIUs outside of X-ray times at both Bideford and Ilfracombe

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