Minor injury units

Do you need urgent NHS care in Cornwall? Then contact NHS 111 by phone or online at any time of day or night, to find out where you should go and when.

If needed, expert clinicians will arrange for you to be seen at the emergency department or at our range of other treatment units. Please don’t just turn up, as you may be directed elsewhere or have to wait longer.

Contacting NHS 111 first helps the NHS manage the flow of patients when capacity in waiting rooms is much smaller than before, to maintain distancing and reduce the risk of infection. For this reason we may ask you to come into the department on your own. If this is a problem, please let us know. 

It means you will get the right treatment, more quickly, and probably closer to home as well.

And if you are a visitor to Cornwall, you don’t need to look up details of NHS services if you need urgent treatment, just call 111 or use the 111 online service.

Arrangements have not changed for people with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Please continue to dial 999 as before.

What is a minor injury unit? 

Minor injury units (MIUs) are located in community hospitals and are run by highly skilled specialist clinicians, can and are able to treat a range of minor conditions, which have occurred during the previous 14 days including.

  • sprains and strains
  • minor fractures
  • traumatic wound infections (not surgical wounds)
  • minor burns and scalds
  • head injuries (where the person has not been unconscious)
  • insect and animal bites and stings
  • minor eye injuries
  • cuts, bruising and grazes.

Getting help for a minor injury

Contact NHS 111 by phone or online at any time of day or night, to find out where you should go and when.