If your injury is not serious, you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU), rather than going to an A&E department. This will allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait.

There are there are around seven million attendances at type 3 A&E services (WiCs, UCCs and MIUs) in England. MIUs are usually led by nurses and an appointment is not necessary.

Minor injuries units can treat:

  • sprains and strains
  • broken bones
  • wound infections
  • minor burns and scalds
  • minor head injuries
  • insect and animal bites
  • minor eye injuries
  • injuries to the back, shoulder and chest  

  Minor injuries units cannot treat:   

  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • major injuries
  • problems usually dealt with by a GP
  • stomach pains
  • gynaecological problems
  • pregnancy problems
  • allergic reactions
  • overdoses
  • alcohol related problems
  • mental health problems
  • conditions likely to require hospital admission


Some MIUs do not have facilities to treat young children. This depends on the capacity, resources or skill levels available at the MIU. Contact your local MIU in advance if you are not sure whether you or your child can be treated there. 

They are open 9am until 9pm and are based on a walk in system. They also have Xray facilities.

Malvern Community Hospital,
185 Worcester Road,
WR14 1EX
General enquiries: 01684 612600


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