Minor Injury Units

Minor Injuries Units opening hours

Our minor injuries unit (MIU) at Minehead Community Hospital is operating reduced hours from Saturday 18 - Monday 20 January:

  • Saturday 18 January: Open until 9pm
  • Sunday 19 January: Open 7:30am - 9pm
  • Monday 20 January: Open from 7:30am (and then 24 hours as usual) 

The minor injuries service runs across the county in many of your local community hospitals. If you have an injury and want excellent local care with short waiting times please attend!

We have Minor Injury Units (MIU) at Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Chard, Bridgwater, Minehead and Burnham on Sea. They are all run by Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) – nurses with extra training in emergency care - with staff nurses and health care assistants in support.

Our team of emergency nurse practitioners see, assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of non-life threatening minor illnesses and injuries. Common examples include:

  • Chest infections
  • Throat infections
  • Eye infections
  • Urinary infections
  • Emergency contraception
  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Wounds
  • Bites

For 24/7 telephone advice telephone NHS 111 and for emergencies, call 999.

How you can you access these services

All units are a sit and wait services but for any queries see our contact numbers:

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

Usually open 10am–6pm seven days a week (last patient admitted at 5:30pm).

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 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Shepton Mallet - Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, 01749 341101

Open 8am – 9pm, seven days a week; last patient admitted 8.30pm).

X-ray is available to clinicians at these MIUs and during these times (free car parking is available):

Bridgwater 08:30-17:00 Monday- Friday 09:00-17:00 weekends. 
West Mendip 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)
Shepton Mallet 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)
Frome 09:00-16:00 (Mon-Fri)
Minehead 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri)

If you need an x-ray after your assessment the nurse will arrange it. The emergency nurse practitioners will be able to tell you what treatment you need after the examination.

Waiting time

Usually our waiting times are relatively short with an average of 20 minutes however in peak times they can go up to around 2 hours as it is a 'sit and wait' service with no appointment times.