If you’ve hurt yourself, had a fall, burnt yourself or are suffering from another non-life-threatening issue, the Minor Injury Unit is a fast and effective way of getting treated without the long wait in A&E.
When to use a Minor Injury Unit
You can go to a minor injury unit for the following treatments:
- Bites, human and animal
- Cuts and lacerations
- Foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears
- Fractures that require plaster only (Ages 5 years and above)
- Minor burns and scalds
- Minor head injuries (with no loss of consciousness)
- Soft tissue injuries, for example sprains and bruises
- Wound infections
What is a Minor Injury Unit?
Your local Minor Injury Units (MIUs) are staffed by experienced nurses that will be on hand to assess you and treat you as quickly as possible.
They are not open 24 hours, but we do have four across the local area located in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch. You can find out more about them here.
Unfortunately, due to an equipment problem there is currently no x-ray available in Whitchurch MIU. Please be aware you may be re-directed to an alternative Minor Injuries Unit locally or the nearest Accident and Emergency once you have been assessed if an x-ray is deemed to be necessary.
Do I need a referral?
This is a self-referral walk-in service for people of any age.
However, your GP or other healthcare professional may refer you to an MIU. Likewise – if your condition cannot be dealt with at an MIU, they will refer you to your GP, the nearest A&E or another appropriate service.
There are four Community Minor Injury Units in Shropshire:
Find a Minor Injury Unit in Powys here.
Urgent Care Centres
Urgent Care Centres can help with a range of symptoms from high temperatures in children, breathing problems, severe headaches, abdominal pain, painful infections through to mild injuries and burns.
The centres offer appointments that can be booked through 111 and are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for. They help ease the pressure on hospitals, leaving other parts of the system free to treat the most serious cases.
We have Urgent Treatment Centres located at both hospital sites (Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital, Telford) within our Emergency Departments. They are open from 9am-9pm seven days a week.
Patients whose condition is non-urgent will be redirected to their GP or minor injuries unit.