Do you know about your local Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)?

Nurse applying a bandage The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the Royal South Hants Hospital (RSH) offers treatment, advice and information on a range of minor injuries, led by a team of skilled nurses.

What to know

The service is staffed by highly skilled nurse practitioners who offer treatment, advice and information. The MIU also has onsite X-ray facilities for adults and children over 2 years.

You don’t need an appointment - just turn up. The MIU is open from 7.30am to 10.00pm weekdays and 8.00am to 10.00pm on weekends and bank holidays (last patient accepted at 9.30pm).

When to go

The MIU can treat:
  • minor burns
  • sprains and strains
  • minor eye injuries
  • wound infections
  • minor head injuries
  • insect and animal bites
  • broken bones to arms, lower leg and feet
  • minor injuries to back, shoulder and chest
The MIU can also:
  • remove splinters
  • plaster broken limbs
  • stitch and close wounds
  • dress minor wounds, cuts and grazes
  • remove foreign bodies from ears, noses etc
  • X-ray arms and legs (from 2 years old)

Find out more at www.royalsouthhantsmiu.nhs.uk and current waiting times by following @Soton_MIU.

When not to go

MIUs are unable to help with:
  • serious medical emergencies posing an immediate threat to a person’s health or life
  • serious head injury or loss of consciousness
  • accidental or deliberate overdose of drugs
  • severe allergic reaction
  • severe blood loss

For these conditions, you should go to your local Emergency Department, or dial 999.