Minor injuries

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres are there to help with injuries that need attention but are not critical or life threatening, such as:

  • sprains, strains, cuts and grazes
  • arm, foot and leg injuries
  • bites, minor burns and scalds
  • broken bones
  • minor head injuries
  • eye problems, such as scratches and foreign bodies in the eye.

They treat children as well as adults.

They are in a convenient place and you can be seen much more quickly than at A&E. In fact, many A&E departments will pass you on to your nearest minor injuries unit or urgent care centre if your condition isn’t serious enough for A&E. So you could save yourself considerable time if you go straight there.

Most minor injuries units and urgent care centres are open long hours. You don’t need to make an appointment and you’ll be seen by nursing staff in a calm, relaxed setting.

Our closest minor injuries unit is based at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.

Please help your NHS to continue to run smoothly by choosing the right service for your illness or injury. 

If you have an urgent medical concern, or unsure which service is right for you, call NHS 111. Open 24/7, trained medical advisors will access your symptoms and direct you to the appropriate service. Depending on the situation, the team can connect you to a nurse, dentist or a GP.