Minor Injury Units (MIUs) and Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) are there to help with injuries that need attention urgently but are not critical or life-threatening, such as:
- sprains, strains, cuts and grazes
- arm, foot and leg injuries
- bites, minor burns and scalds
- broken bones
- minor head injuries
- eye problems such as scratches and foreign bodies in the eye.
They treat children as well as adults.
They’re in convenient places and you can be seen much more quickly than at A&E.
In fact, many A&E departments will pass you on to the nearest MIU or UTC if your condition isn't serious enough for A&E – so you can save considerable time if you go straight there.
Most minor injuries units are open long hours. You don't need to make an appointment and you'll be seen by nursing staff in a calm, relaxed setting.
There are three units in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire:
Yate West Gate Centre
21 West Walk
North Somerset Community Hospital
South Bristol NHS Community Hospital
Full details of the MIUs in Yate and Clevedon and the UTC in Bristol can be found on the Sirona care & health website.