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A Guide To Minor Injury Units

What are Minor Injury Units?

Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) are for the treatment of non-life threatening medical conditions.

If you think you are in need of an MIU out of hours then you should call NHS 111 who will be able to assess your condition over the phone and either confirm an MIU is the best course of action, or direct you to an alternative service.  

MIUs are often a quicker and more appropriate alternative to A&E if you know your condition is non-life threatening. Using MIUs will alleviate the pressure on A&E allowing them to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait.

How do MIU’s Work?

According to NHS Choices, there are around 7 million attendances at what are known as “Type 3 A&E Services” in England each year. MIU’s fall under this category, along with Walk in Centres (WiCs), and Urgent Care Centres (UCCs)

MIUs are usually run by nurses and it is not necessary to make an appointment.

Some, but not all MIUs can treat young children. When you call NHS 111, your call operator will be able to advise whether you have the option of taking a young child to your nearest MIU. If not, they will be able to provide an alternative.

What injuries can MIUs treat?

MIUs can treat the following conditions:

  • sprains and strains
  • broken bones
  • wound infections
  • minor burns and scalds
  • minor head injuries
  • insect and animal bites
  • minor eye injuries
  • injuries to the back, shoulder and chest

They cannot treat:

  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • major injuries
  • problems usually dealt with by a GP
  • stomach pains
  • gynaecological problems
  • pregnancy problems
  • allergic reactions
  • overdoses
  • alcohol related problems
  • mental health problems
  • conditions likely to require hospital admission

You can find out where your nearest MIU is here.