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.
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 if there’s one in your local area.
You do not need an appointment to visit a Minor Injuries Unit.
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 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 Minor Injuries Units 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 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, telephone NHS Direct on 0845 4647. 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.
MIU contact telephone numbers and opening times
- North Devon District Hospital (A&E) – telephone 01271 322577 – Open 24 hours
- Bideford Hospital – telephone 01271 322 577 – open 7.30am – 8.30pm (closed Christmas day)
- Exmouth Hospital – telephone 01395 279684 (DDI – 01395 282001) – open 8am – 10pm
- Honiton Hospital – telephone 01404 540540 (DDI – 01404 540573) – open 8am – 10pm
- Holsworthy Medical Centre – telephone 01409 253692 – Open weekdays 8.30am – 5.45pm
- Ilfracombe – telephone 01271 863448 – open 8am – 6pm (closed Christmas day)
- Lynton – telephone 01598 753 226 / 01598 752520 – open 8am – 6pm weekdays and 11am – 4pm weekends
- Moretonhampstead Hospital – telephone 01647 440217 – Please note this is temporarily closed until further notice (patients are being directed to Okehampton or Newton Abbot).
- Okehampton Hospital – telephone 01837 658008 – open 10am – 6pm
- Ottery St Mary Hospital – telephone 01404 816000 – open Monday – Friday 8am – 1pm – Please note: Due to staffing difficulties, the minor injury unit (MIU) at Ottery St Mary Hospital has been temporarily closed until further notice.
- Sidmouth Hospital – telephone 01395 512482 – Currently closed, please see message above.
- South Molton – telephone 01769 572164 – Weekdays 8.30am – 6pm at local GP practice
- Stratton – telephone 01288 287713 – open 24 hours
- Tiverton – This service is managed by SWAST – details here
- Torrington Hospital – 01805 622208 – Weekdays 8am – 6pm at local GP practice
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.
Urgent Care Centre
- Tiverton Hospital – open 8am – 10pm, seven days a week