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Minor Injuries Units

The Minor Injuries Units (MIU) at the Cumberland Centre, South Hams Hospital and Tavistock Hospital 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 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.

The MIU is an alternative to attending the Emergency Department when an injury is not considered life-threatening, but still requires urgent treatment. 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 above)
  • Minor head injuries
  • Infected wounds
  • Foreign bodies in eyes


The MIUs are open every day of the year, including Bank Holidays. Please see the contact information on the left hand side of this page for opening time of specific MIUs.

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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