Minor Injuries Units and Walk in Centres

Please note:  we unfortunately have to close the Sidwell Street WIC on Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February. It will re-open at 8am on Monday 19 February. We apologise for any inconvenience.

MIU contact telephone numbers and opening times

  • North Devon District Hospital (A&E) – telephone 01271 322577 – Open 24 hours
  • Bideford Hospital MIU – telephone 01271 322 577 – open 8.30am – 8.30pm (closed Christmas day)
  • Holsworthy Medical Centre – telephone 01409 253692 – Open weekdays 8.30am – 5.45pm
  • Ilfracombe MIU – telephone 01271 863448 – open 8am – 6pm (closed Christmas day)
  • Lynton – telephone 01598 753 226 / 01598 752520 – open 8am – 6pm weekdays and 11am – 4pm weekends
  • South Molton – telephone 01769 573811 / 01769 573101 – Both East St Surgery and South Molton Health Centre provide a Minor Injury Service – Weekdays 8.30am – 6pm. www.southmoltonhealthcentre.co.uk
  • Torrington – telephone 01805 623222 –  Castle Gardens Surgery provide a Minor Injury Service – Weekdays 8.30am – 6pm – closed between 1.15pm and 2pm. If you have an injury during this period, you may visit Torrington Health Centre where an assessment of your condition will be made. Depending on that, you might be offered immediate treatment or asked to return to Castle Gardens Surgery at 2pm.

Please ring up before you turn up – Before coming to an MIU that is open 24 hours please telephone the hospital (on the main hospital number) before turning up to check that it will be the appropriate place to be treated.

For other Minor Injury Units (MIUs) managed by other NHS Trusts in Devon please visit NHS Choices

Phone before attending out MIUs and WICs

Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) provide treatment for less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes.

Many people go to Accident and Emergency (A&E) with minor injuries, when they could be usually treated much more quickly at a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).

In A&E staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions, so if you go there with a minor injury, you may have to wait a long time to be seen.

If your injury is not serious, it’s usually better for you to go to a Minor Injuries Unit (MIUs) if there’s one in your local area.

You do not need an appointment to visit a Minor Injuries Unit (MIUs).

They are run by a team of highly qualified nurse practitioners who have experience and expertise in treating minor injuries.

You can visit your local Minor Injuries Unit (MIUs) if:

  • you have cuts, grazes and wounds
  • you have sprains, strains, muscle or joint injury
  • you have a broken bone (fractures),
  • you have a skin complaint – bite or sting (including human bites), unexplained rash or even severe sunburn
  • you have a minor infection which needs treating
  • you need emergency contraception
  • you have a minor head injury
  • you have eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.

Conditions that Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) cannot treat include:

  • chest pain,
  • respiratory problems,
  • abdominal pain,
  • gynecological problems,
  • pregnancy problems,
  • drug overdose,
  • alcohol related problems,
  • mental health problems, and health conditions that would normally be treated by your GP or hospital.

Minor Injury Units (MIUs) are also not normally equipped to treat children under three years of age.

If you’re not sure whether your injury can be treated in a Minor Injuries Unit (MIUs), telephone NHS 111 (NHS 111 website). They will be able to advise you, and can also tell you where your nearest Minor Injuries Unit is.

The service is linked to the GP out-of-hours service.

Walk in Centres

NHS walk-in centres offer fast and convenient access to healthcare advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses.

They have been introduced to help anyone whose modern, busy lifestyle, or practical circumstances and particular needs, make flexible and accessible services so important.

They don’t replace local GP or hospital services but complement existing local services.

You can visit your local NHS Walk-in centre if:

  • you have a cuts, grazes and wounds
  • you have a sprains, strains, muscle or joint injury
  • you have a broken bones (fractures),
  • you have a skin complaint – bite or sting (including human bites), unexplained rash or even severe sunburn
  • you have a minor infection which needs treating
  • you need emergency contraception
  • you have a minor head injury
  • you have a eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.

Conditions that Walk-in centres cannot treat include:

  • chest pain,
  • respiratory problems,
  • abdominal pain,
  • gynecological problems,
  • pregnancy problems,
  • drug overdose,
  • alcohol related problems,
  • mental health problems, and
  • health conditions that would normally be treated by your GP or hospital.

No appointment is needed and assessments are carried out by experienced NHS nurses who provide a skilled, safe and caring service.

NHS walk-in centres are open and available to anyone who can normally access NHS services.

Opening times

Click on the WIC links to view a map of where they are. The map will open in a new window.

Sidwell Street Walk-In Centre

Monday – Saturday 8am – 4pm,
Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Telephone: 01392 276 892

Wonford RD&E Walk-In Centre

7am – 10pm, seven days a week

The H1 and H2 bus service runs from the High street to the Hospital regularly.

Telephone: 01392 406 300

Last updated: February 16, 2018