Minor Injuries Unit

Our Minor Injuries Unit is based at Mount Vernon Hospital, for patients with less serious injuries (see examples below). Last year we saw in excess of 24,000 patients. You will be treated by specially trained nurses who have experience and expertise of treating people with minor injuries quickly and efficiently. They will contact a senior doctor when necessary. We have full Accident and Emergency services at Hillingdon Hospital.

The Minor Injuries Unit normal opening times are from 9am - 8pm.

The waiting times at Minor Injuries are usually much shorter than those in A&E as staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions. You do not need an appointment to visit the Minor Injuries Unit. For telephone advice, please ring NHS Directon 0845 4647.

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Please see our Minor Injuries performance statistics

What is a Minor Injury?

  • Cuts, grazes and bruising
  • Wounds, including those that may need stitches
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Tetanus immunization after an injury
  • Removal of foreign bodies from eyes, nose or ears
  • Minor eye problems, including removal of contact lenses
  • Insect bites or other animal bites
  • Minor head injury where there has been no loss of consciousness or vomiting, and no residual symptoms i.e. headache, nausea, visual disturbance, dizziness or any other symptom of concussion.
  • Removal of rings, earrings and studs
  • Minor injuries to legs below the knee, and arms below the shoulder, where you can bear the weight through your foot or move your fingers
  • Minor nose bleeds
  • Emergency contraception

Please note

  • We cannot X-ray children below the age of four. They must be seen at our Accident & Emergency department
  • We can only X-ray from shoulder to finger and from knee to toe. All other X-rays must be taken at our Accident & Emergency department
  • Some wounds over 12 hours old may be unsuitable for stitches and on occasions these maybe referred  to Accident & Emergency.
A nurse bandaging an arm

Minor Injuries Unit
Mount Vernon Hospital
Open: 9am-8pm daily
Telephone: 01923 844201

On occasion due to high demand the MIU may have to close early at short notice (this is usually no more than one hour) and we would advise that you telephone the unit on 01923 844201 to confirm the closing times that day.

In the event that we are closed, treatment can be obtained from either your local Accident and Emergency Department or in MIU the next morning when we will be open at 9am as usual.