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Use your local MIUs this winter

​Dr​ Rob Dyer is urging people to use their local MIU this winter.

South Devon and Torbay health professionals are reminding people about the help available if they have a minor injury during Christmas.

Generally, GP practices close during the weekends and festive bank holidays, but there are alternatives for non-emergency conditions – leaving hospital accident and emergency departments free to deal with the most serious cases.

The best place for urgent but not life-threatening injuries is the local minor injuries unit (MIU), and you don’t need an appointment.

There are three MIUs across South Devon and Torbay: Dawlish, Newton Abbot and Totnes (see table below) where you can be treated for a range of minor injuries such as:

  • Cuts
  • Small burns or scalds
  • Bites and stings
  • Sprains and certain fractures
  • Minor head injuries
  • Infected wounds
  • Foreign bodies in eyes>
  • Itchy rashes

All three units will be open throughout the Christmas holidays. However, opening hours for X-ray at each hospital will vary over the festive period, so please contact the MIU direct for further details.

Dr Rob Dyer, medical director at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We hope everyone has a healthy, injury-free Christmas, but if people have a medical need over the holiday season that needs attention, the best place to get advice and treatment is the local MIU.

“They are run by staff who are trained to treat a range of conditions, from a sprain to a fractured bone, and they’ll normally be seen much quicker there than at A&E.

“Avoiding A&E leaves it free to help people with really serious and life-threatening conditions.”

To help people choose the right service and reduce time spent waiting for treatment, NHSquicker is a free app available for smartphones and tablets on Apple and Android.

NHSquicker shows up-to-date waiting times for local emergency departments and minor injuries units, based on your location, helping you to decide where to go.

You can also use the app to find information about less-urgent NHS services, such as GP practices, pharmacies, sexual health services, dentists and opticians.

Alternatively, call the free NHS 111 helpline. It is manned 24 hours a day, every day, and the trained staff will advise you of the best treatment for your needs.

This is important if your young child is unwell, because MIUs are generally not equipped to treat children under the age of two.

See below for opening times.

Winter 2017 MIU times