Minor Injury Unit (MIU)

If you have a non-life-threatening injury, you can get help from an MIU, rather than going to an A&E department. This will allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait. MIUs are run by experienced clinicians to treat minor injuries, such as:

  • 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

MIUs cannot treat any minor illnesses, such as stomach pains, mild allergic reactions or pregnancy problems. If you need treatment for a minor illness, a walk-in centre may be able to help you. MIUs run on a first come, first served basis and you do not need an appointment to access the service.


When should you use the service?

  • If you need treatment for a non-life-threatening injury


Find your local MIU?

Chippenham ↓

Chippenham Community Hospital
Chippenham, Rowden Hill, SN15 2AJ

7am – 11pm

X-ray department: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
(closed 12.30-1pm)

Paulton ↓

Paulton Hospital
Salisbury Road, Bristol BS39 7SB

8am – 9.30pm (last entry at 9.15pm).

Swindon ↓

Great Western Hospital
Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6BB

7am - 10pm

Trowbridge ↓

Trowbridge Community Hospital
Trowbridge, Adcroft Street, BA14 8PH

7am – 11pm

X-ray department: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
(closed 1.30-2pm)