Attending a Minor Injuries Unit during Covid-19

In line with Government advice, please wear a face covering when attending the Minor Injuries Unit, (children under 11 are exempt). Please bring a plastic bag with you to put your face covering into, should you need to take it off as part of your examination or treatment.

Patients should attend alone, and can only be accompanied by a parent or carer if needed.

Minor Injuries Unit

The MIU is an alternative to attending the Emergency Department when an injury is not considered life-threatening, but still requires urgent treatment.

The Trust runs Minor Injury Units at the Cumberland Centre (Plymouth)South Hams Hospital (Kingsbridge) and Tavistock Hospital MIU.

Examples of problems that can be treated at the MIU are:

  • Cuts - we can use glue, steristrips (paper stitches) or sutures to close wounds
  • Small burns or scalds
  • Bites and stings
  • Sprains and certain fractures (see below)
  • Minor head injuries
  • Infected wounds
  • Foreign bodies in eyes

Our MIUs in Plymouth and Kingsbridge are open every day of the year (Tavistock MIU: Monday-Friday), including Bank Holidays. Please see the contact information on the right hand side of this page for opening time of specific MIUs.

The Minor Injuries Units (MIU) are nurse-led facilities providing an efficient, high quality service for patients with minor injuries in the local community. The Nurse Practitioners staffing the MIUs have all received specialist training to enable them to assess, diagnose and treat patients of all ages (although the very young or elderly presenting with certain conditions may fall outside of our protocols). We also have an X-ray facility at all of our MIUs to help us diagnose any broken bones (upper and lower limbs only), that we can then treat with a plaster cast if necessary. 

Any patient attending the MIU with injuries or problems outside these protocols will be redirected to the appropriate agency, for example the Emergency Department or the patients' own GP Surgery.

If you are unsure whether the MIU is the right place for your treatment, please dial 111 so they can advise you which service is appropriate for your specific needs.

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MIU Sites

UTC - Cumberland Centre (Plymouth)
Damerel Close
Plymouth
PL1 4JZ (Directions)

Tel: (01752) 434390
Opening times: 08:30 - 22:00 (09:00 - 22:00 Thursdays)
Opening days: 7 days per week 
X-ray available: 09:00 - 20:45 (7 days)
 

 

University Hospitals Plymouth Minors Unit (Nuffield)
Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8BG
Opening times: 08:00 – 22:00
Opening days: 7 days per week
 

MIU - South Hams Hospital (Kingsbridge)
Plymouth Road
Kingsbridge
Devon
TQ7 1AT (Directions)

Tel: (01548) 852349
Opening times: 09:00 - 17:00
Opening days: Monday to Friday
X-ray available: 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon-Fri)
 

MIU - Tavistock Hospital
Spring Hill
Tavistock
PL19 8LD (Directions)

Tel: (01822) 612233
Opening times: 08:30 - 17:30
Opening days: Monday - Sunday
X-ray available: 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon-Fri)