Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) are for injuries, such as deep cuts, eye injuries, broken bones, severe sprains, minor head injury, minor burns and scalds.
Many people go to Accident and Emergency departments when they could be treated just as well and probably quicker at a Minor Injuries Unit.
In Accident and Emergency staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions, so if you go there with a minor injury you may have to wait longer to be seen. It is better to go to a Minor Injuries Unit if there is one locally.
This service can be accessed by calling 111 where you may be given an appointment if appropriate. If you feel you need to be seen urgently you can walk straight into an MIU near you.
First Aid units (FAUs) run from Wallingford, Chipping Norton and Bicester (a first aid unit does not have xray facilities) these can also be accessed via 111 or directly by walking in.
They are run by a team of highly qualified nurse practitioners with a lot of experience and expertise in the treatment of minor injuries.
Minor Injuries Units can treat a wide variety of problems including cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, broken bones (fractures), bites and stings (including problems: minor eye infections, scratches or something stuck in your eye).
Oxfordshire’s minor injury units are listed below:
Urgent Care Centre
Abingdon Community Hospital
Tel: 01865 903476
This service is available seven days a week, 10am to 10.30pm.
If you are attending as a referral from your GP for an X-ray, please use the following times: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 5pm; Saturday 11.00am – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
Tel: 01865 903755
This service is available seven days a week, 9am to 8pm.
Please note that the X-ray department for this MIU is closed on bank holidays and weekends. It’s opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm.
Witney Community Hospital
Tel: 01865 903841
The MIU is available seven days a week, 10am to 10.30pm.
X-ray is open at this MIU seven days a week, 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Please call 01865 903841 for further information.
If you are attending as a referral from your GP for an X-ray, please refer to your referral sheet for the opening times for the X-ray department. These are – Monday to Sunday 10.30am – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 6.30pm.
First Aid Units do not have X-Ray support: it is best to call prior to attending if you are concerned that an X-Ray may be required.
Bicester Community Hospital
Piggy Lane (access via Coker Close)
Tel: 01865 903976 (Please telephone prior to attending).
They are open Monday-Friday 6pm to 11pm and 8.30am to 11pm at weekends and bank holidays.
The First Aid Unit offers a walk-in service, so no referral or appointment required.
Wallingford Community Hospital
Tel: 01865 903471 (Please telephone prior to attending.)
This service is open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 8.30am to 6.30pm.
Last updated: 25 January, 2019