Minor Injury Units

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!

There are 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) with Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants in support.

What we do

We see all patients who attend the units with whatever they attend with – we hope to be able to give a complete episode of care and discharge the patient home – however if we are not able to do this we will refer the patient on to the right service for definitive care.

How we work

Minor Injury Unit staff can

  • stitch cuts
  • remove foreign bodies from ears, noses etc
  • remove splinters
  • dress minor wounds, cuts and grazes
  • apply plaster casts
  • provide screening and treatment for Chlamydia

and treat

  • sprains and strains
  • minor broken bones
  • minor burns and scalds
  • minor head injuries
  • insect and animal bites
  • minor eye injuries
  • other minor injuries  

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
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 09:00-16:00 (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.