Minor Injury Units (MIU)

Rather than going to an A&E department, if your injury is not serious, you can get help from a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) or Urgent Care Centre (UCC).

This will allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait.

MIU’s and UCC’s are usually led by nurses and an appointment is not necessary.

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres can treat:

  • 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

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres 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

If there is not a minor injuries unit in your area, these services will also be provided by an A&E department.

To find your nearest Minor Injuries Unit, please click below.

NHS MIU Locator


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