Minor injuries units and urgent care centres

For treatment of burns, cuts, sprains, wounds or infections, without an appointment, viist your nearest minor injuries unit or urgent care centre, seven days a week.

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 on 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 or urgent care centre, rather than going to an A&E department. This will allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait.

You can search for urgent care services in your area on the NHS Choices website >>

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres can treat:

  • sprains and strains

  • broken bones

  • wound infections

  • minor burns and scalds

  • minor head injuries

  • insect and animal bites

  • minor eye injuries

  • injuries to the back, shoulder and chest

If there is not a minor injuries unit in your area, these services will also be provided by an A&E department

 Minor injuries units and urgent care centres cannot treat:

  • chest pain

  • breathing difficulties

  • major injuries

  • problems usually dealt with by a GP

  • stomach pains

  • gynaecological problems

  • pregnancy problems

  • allergic reactions

  • overdoses

  • alcohol-related problems

  • mental health problems

  • conditions likely to require hospital admission