Minor Injuries and Illness Units at our community hospitals treat a variety of injuries and illness for adults and children. No appointment is needed.

If your injury is not serious you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU) rather than an Emergency Department (ED). By doing so you allow ED staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions and save yourself a potentially long wait.

Details on the appropriate services which are available for different ailments are available from the Choose Well website here.

Please note: From November 1, 2016, opening times at Cirencester and Stroud Minor Injuries and Illness Units will change to 8am to 11pm daily

Contact details and opening times

Cirencester Hospital
Call: 0300 421 6351
Opening time: 24 hours until October 31, 2016
Please note: From November 1, 2016, opening times will be 8am to 11pm each day

Dilke Memorial Hospital
Call: 0300 421 8640 Option 1
Opening time: 8am – 11pm

Lydney and District Hospital
Call: 0300 421 8722 Option 1
Opening time: 8am – 11pm

North Cotswolds Hospital
Call: 0300 421 8774
Opening time: 8am – 8pm

Stroud General Hospital
Call: 0300 421 8080 Option 5
Opening time: 24 hours until October 31, 2016
Please note: From November 1, 2016, opening times will be 8am to 11pm each day

Tewkesbury Hospital
Tel: 0300 421 6100 Option 4
Opening time: 8am – 8pm

Vale Community Hospital
Tel: 0300 421 8494 Option 3
Opening time: 8am - 8pm

What we can treat

We have specially trained nurses in all units and in some units doctors are also present. The team specialises in treating the following things:

  • sprains
  • simple fractures needing x-rays and plasters
  • simple wounds that may need suturing (stitches)
  • minor burns
  • emergency contraception
  • minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness
  • minor illness, earache, sore throat, etc.
  • skin problems such as rashes, bites, stings and infections
  • eye conditions including foreign bodies and conjunctivitis

We have dedicated waiting areas at all sites and free parking is available at all community hospital sites. There are facilities for disabled parking also.

X-ray facilities are available at all community hospitals, times vary at each hospital.

What we cannot treat

Emergency departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses. We are unable to treat the following in a Minor Injury Unit:

  • head injuries with loss of consciousness
  • alcohol-related problems
  • overdoses
  • complicated or serious injuries
  • major or long standing illnesses

Emergency and Out of Hours services

Generally, you should visit the Emergency Department or call 999 for emergencies, such as:

  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • loss of consciousness
  • pain that is not relieved by simple pain killers
  • acute confused state
  • breathing difficulties
  • stroke or suspected stroke

Your nearest Emergency Department can be found via www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 111. If you live in Gloucestershire, your nearest Emergency Department may be at Gloucester Royal Hospital or Cheltenham General Hospital. Alternatively you may live closer to the Great Western Hospital at Swindon, or Oxford or Warwick.

MIIU Review

In July and August 2016 the Trust asked for public reaction to a set of proposals to change the opening hours of a number of Minor Injuries and Illness Units.

The MIIU review booklet can be found by following this link.

The results of the engagement process will be shared at Gloucestershire County Council's Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on September 13, 2016.

A decision on revised opening times for MIIUs is expected at the Trust's Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 20.