Minor Injury Unit (MIU)
If you have an illness that is not life threatening, contact your GP surgery first if possible. You can still call your GP outside normal surgery hours, but you will usually be directed to an out-of-hours service. The out-of-hours period is 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays, and all day at weekends and bank holidays. You can also call NHS 111, which can give you advice or direct you to the best local service to treat your injury.

If your injury is not serious, you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU), rather than going to an A&E department. 

MIUs offer convenient access to healthcare advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, such as:

  • Cuts, grazes and wounds
  • Sprains, strains, muscle or joint injury
  • Broken bones (fractures),
  • Skin complaint – bite or sting (including human bites), unexplained rash or even severe sunburn
  • Minor infection which needs treating
  • Emergency contraception
  • Minor head injury
  • Eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.

No appointment is needed and assessments are carried out by experienced NHS nurses who provide a skilled, safe and caring service.


In North and East Devon minor injury units are provided by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. Please click on the link below for more information.
North and East Devon Minor Injury Units (MIU)
In Plymouth, the minor injury unit is provided by Livewell Southwest. Please click on the link below for more information.
Plymouth Minor Injury Unit (MIU)
In West Devon, South Devon and Torbay, minor injury units are provided by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. Please click on the link below for more information.
West Devon, South Devon and Torbay Minor Injuries Units (MIU)
Choose Well - MIU
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