Minor Injury Units at Christmas

Dec 20, 2018

People who sustain minor injuries this Christmas will be able to access one of four Minor Injury Units (MIUs) run by Shropshire Community Health.

The Trust runs MIUs in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch.

MIUs are staffed by experienced nurses and patients that attend one of the units will be assessed and treated as quickly as possible. This may help prevent an unnecessary trip to one of the county’s A&E units, which should only be used for serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

The MIUs at Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Owestry are open as normal throughout the Christmas period. There will be some changes to hours in Whitchurch, as detailed below

  • Bridgnorth: open every day through the Christmas period from 8.30am to 9.30pm

  • Ludlow: open every day through the Christmas period from 8am to 8pm

  • Oswestry: open every day through the Christmas period from 8.30am to 6pm apart from Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 December, when it will close at 1pm

  • Whitchurch: closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, also closed on 29 and 30 December ad on New Year's Day. Open every other day through the Christmas period from 9am to 5pm
Andy Matthews, Divisional Manager of Community Hospitals and Outpatient Services, said: “MIUs can offer help with a whole range of injuries, including cuts and lacerations, bites, foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears, wound infections, assessment of fractures, minor head injuries and burns.”

People in mid Wales can find MIUs in Welshpool and Newtown. They may treat patients quicker than A&E for minor injuries.

Pharmacies can also offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains and can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.

GP surgeries and walk-in centres can also provide general medical advice and care.

For details about Minor Injuries Units in Shropshire, including opening hours, visit the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust website at www.shropscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/miu

You can find more information about how to keep yourself well this winter here.