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Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)

Published: 28/09/2011

Did you know that if you have a minor injury or illness you could be treated faster at your local Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) compared to at the Emergency Department (ED)?

Whilst the ED is the first point of call for people with serious injuries, many people are unaware that there are other local services available that could help. The local MIU is based at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton, and treats around 70 patients a day for minor injuries such as cuts, burns and sprains.

Mandy Eltherington, Head of Unscheduled Care at Solent NHS Trustsays, “We have great facilities for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, but a high number of the local population are unsure of where to go. We are keen to help local people make a more informed decision when it comes to the care they need by giving them more information about alternative service. Most people have heard of the ED and a lot of people tend to stick with what they know when they are in need of urgent care. However, this increases waiting times if they don’t really need to be there which in turn ultimately means more money is spent unnecessarily.”

The Trust is urging Southampton City resident to know which service to use and when, to ensure they always get the best treatment. Attending ED with minor injuries or illnesses may mean that you need to wait a lot longer to be seen as more serious injuries will be prioritised. The average waiting time is only 30 minutes, but this could be longer if a more serious injury needs to be seen first.

For further information on where you should go for treatment visit The MIU is open everyday, including Bank Holidays, from 8am to 9.30pm.


Notes for Editors:

Solent NHS Trust was created on 1 April 2011. We provide a range of community and specialist mental health services to over a million people in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.

The MIU is easily accessible by car and public transport and the Uni-link U6 bus connects West Quay, Civic Centre, Royal south Hants Hospital, Southampton and Solent Universities and Southampton General Hospital. The bus service operates seven days a weeks throughout the year and runs twice an hour during the day.

For more information please contact Lauren Riddle, Communications Officer, Solent NHS Trust on 023 8060 8935 or

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