Why visit A&E with minor illness and injury when you can go to your local MIU instead

Date: 21 December 2017

Patients are being urged to “choose well” this Christmas by taking their minor injuries to Somerset’s seven Minor Injury Units instead of queuing at busy A&E departments.

More than one in five patients is estimated to be attending local A&E departments with minor injuries and illness when they could be seen elsewhere for treatment and advice.

Somerset’s Minor Injuries Service is provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and offers a seven day service. The average wait is 2 hours though patients are seen quicker in off-peak times.

Somerset Partnership runs seven MIUs across the county and they see and treat more than 100,000 people every year.

The minor injury units are based at:

Bridgwater - Bridgwater Community Hospital, 01278 436 555
open seven days a week 08:00 - 21:00 (last patient admitted at 20:30).

Burnham on Sea - Burnham on Sea War Memorial Hospital, 01278 773103
open seven days a week 10:00 - 18:00 (last patient admitted at 17:30).

Chard - Chard Community Hospital, 01460238229
open seven days a week 08:00 - 21:00 (last patient admitted at 20:30).

Frome - Frome Community Hospital, 01373 454770
open seven days a week 08:00 - 21:00 (last patient admitted at 20:30).

Glastonbury - West Mendip Community Hospital, 01458 836454
open seven days a week 08:00 - 21:00 (last patient admitted at 20:30). 

Minehead -
 Minehead Community Hospital, 01643 701715
open seven days a week 24 hours.

Shepton Mallet - Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, 01749 341101
open seven days a week 08:00 - 21:00 (last patient admitted at 20:30).

X-ray is available to clinicians at these MIUs and during these times:

Bridgwater 08:30-17:00 (Mon-Fri)
West Mendip 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)
Shepton Mallet 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)
Frome 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)
Minehead 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)

MIU staff treat a range of minor injuries including:

  • sprains and strains
  • minor broken bones
  • minor cuts
  • burns and scalds
  • minor head injuries
  • insect and animal bites
  • eye complaints and infections
  • dental pain
  • emergency contraception.  

The service can also see other minor complaints and can prescribe appropriate medicines.  However they cannot supply repeat prescriptions - if patients need repeat medicines over the holiday period they should contact their surgery in good time.