The Minor Injury (MI) provides treatment for less serious injuries less than 48 hours old, than would typically be dealt with by a hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) department where the priority is to treat serious, life-threatening conditions. The MI is staffed by experienced nurses and patients will be assessed and treated as quickly as possible. This is a nurse-led unit and is supported by the doctors who oversee the unit's work and are available for advice when needed. If your condition cannot be dealt with at the Minor Injuries Unit, then you will be referred to the nearest Accident and Emergency department (A&E) or to another appropriate service. The unit offers treatment to anyone with a minor injury - there is no age limit and you do not have to be a patient of the surgery to use the facility. It is a walk-in service and you do not need to make an appointment. Patients are seen in order of priority. During busy periods waiting times will, inevitably, be longer but our aim is to see you as quickly as possible. MI is open from Monday-Friday from 8.30am to 6pm. Please report to the Receptionist at the surgery.
NOTE: Report to MI for injuries less than 48 hours old, and NOT for Minor Illness.
Please see below for examples of problems which may be treated in the Minor Injuries.
The Minor Injuries Unit (MI) can treat
- sprains and strains
- wound infections
- cuts and lacerations
- minor burns and scalds
- foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears
- minor head injuries (with no loss of consciousness)
- insect and animal bites
- minor eye injuries
- allergic reactions
The MI cannot treat:
- injuries more than 48 hours old
- chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- major injuries or broken bones
- problems usually dealt with by a GP, including minor illnesses
- stomach pains
- gynaecological problems
- pregnancy problems
- drug overdoses or poisoning
- alcohol related problems
- mental health problems
- conditions likely to require hospital admission.