Minor Injuries Units

Revised MIU arrangements

Due to prioritising our emergency services in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are experiencing difficulties in sustaining staffing levels at our Minor Injuries Units (MIU) in Dawlish and Totnes Community Hospitals. From 4pm, 19th March, we are closing Dawlish and Totnes MIUs and referring anyone with a minor injury to the MIU at Newton Abbot Community Hospital.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause our local communities. Thank you for your understanding at this time and for helping us to ensure we prioritise Torbay Hospital for our very sickest and emergency patients.

Choose the right service

Torbay Hospital is extremely busy and our staff are working hard to care for some very poorly patients. If it’s not an emergency, please visit your local pharmacy, GP or nearest minor injuries service. And if in doubt, call NHS 111. Choose the right service for you.

If your injury is not serious but does need attention, it’s usually better for you to visit a local MIU. MIUs provide treatment for less serious injuries, such as broken bones and sprains, cuts, grazes, burns and scalds. You do not need an appointment to get seen.

Many people go to Emergency Department (A&E) with minor injuries which could usually be treated more quickly at a Minor Injuries Unit. This would allow A&E staff to concentrate on more serious and life-threatening conditions.

MIUs are run by a team of highly qualified nurse practitioners who have experience and expertise in treating minor injuries.

You can visit your local Minor Injuries Unit if you have the following type of injuries:

  • cut, graze or wound
  • sprain, strain, muscle or joint injury
  • broken bone (fracture)
  • skin complaint – bite or sting (including human bites), minor burns, including severe sunburn and minor skin infection which needs treating
  • emergency contraception
  • minor head injury
  • eye problem such as a minor eye infection, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.

Conditions that Minor Injuries Units cannot treat include:

  • chest pain
  • respiratory problems
  • abdominal pain
  • gynaecological problems
  • pregnancy problems
  • drug overdose
  • alcohol related problems
  • mental health problems, and
  • health conditions that would normally be treated by your GP or hospital.

MIUs are also not normally equipped to treat children under two years of age.

There are a number of ways of assessing and treating minor injuries and ailments. If you are unsure whether to seek medical advice, please phone 111 and ask for guidance. They will be able to advise you, and can also tell you where your nearest Minor Injuries Unit is.

We have a number of Minor Injury Units across Torbay and South Devon.

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Emergency Departments (A&E)

If you have a more serious injury that needs urgent medical attention you should attend an Emergency Department or call 999.

There are three ‘Acute’ Hospitals in the Southern Devon area providing Emergency Departments (A&E) for more serious injuries and conditions requiring emergency treatment:

Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge

Tel: 0300 456 8000 (local rate) or 01803 614567

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
Barrack Road

Tel: 01392 411611

Derriford Hospital
Derriford Road

Tel: 0845 155 8155 or 01752 202082

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