Minor Injury Units

Do you need urgent NHS care in Cornwall? Then contact NHS 111

There’s a new system in Cornwall if you need urgent – but not emergency – care.

Just 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 (ED) 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.

This is a new way of accessing urgent care in Cornwall, to make sure everyone stays as safe as possible during the pandemic. It will help 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’re a visitor to Cornwall, you don’t need to look up details of NHS services if you need urgent treatment – just phone 111 or go online at:  111.nhs.uk/

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

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What is a minor injury unit? 

Minor Injury Units (MIU) 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.

  • 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, and
  • 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. Live waiting times and information on current availability of the MIUs here

For information on the MIU waiting times in North Devon please visit:  www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/ed-miu-waiting-times/