Minor Injury Units

Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw Vale
Lime Avenue, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6GL
Tel 01495 363636
Open: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm week days, closed weekends and bank holidays.

Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Ystrad Mynach

Ystrad Fawr Way, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, CF82 7GP

Tel 01443 802248

Open: 24 hours every day, including bank holidays

Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 2UB

Tel 01633 234234

Open: 24 hours every day, including bank holidays (Service located alongside the Emergency Department)

Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny

Brecon Road, Abergavenny NP7 7EG

Tel 01873 732732

Open: 24 hours every day, including bank holidays (Service located within the Emergency Department)

The Minor Injuries Units (MIU) are run by emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) with the support of a small team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Support Workers.  The Unit does not provide a minor illness service.

The units have access to X-ray facilities for the assessment of the injuries listed in the inclusion criteria. The nursing team are able to apply emergency plaster casts (back slabs) and are deemed competent in wound closure, including suturing. The ENPs have access to a selection of medications including simple pain killers and antibiotics utilised in wound management. The ENPs are able to refer to other health care teams such as orthopaedics, maxillofacial and burns and plastics (Morriston Hospital).
The Units aim to give a complete episode of care and discharge the patient home.  On arrival patients will be assessed by a qualified nurse who will decide whether patients can be seen in the MIU.  Usually waiting times are relatively short but at peak times can increase to around 2-3 hours.
Current demand can be viewed on the Choose Well Wales website (opens in new window)
Patients can self-present. Receptionists and GPs can also make referrals. 
  • Children aged over one year old
  • Limb injures
  • Removal of foreign bodies from ears, nose and soft tissue
  • Wounds -
    Animal and human bites
    Wounds that require suturing
    Abrasions (grazes)
    Lacerations/cuts  
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Insect bites
  • Minor head and face injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Children aged under one
  • Limb/joint pain not caused by an injury
  • Ingested (swallowed) foreign bodies
  • Wounds sustained by deliberate self-harm
  • Stab wounds to chest and abdomen  
  • Major bleeding, active bleeding despite pressure
  • Inhalation (breathing in) of smoke or hot gases
  • Allergic reaction
  • Fever
  • Feeling unwell
  • Head injuries if the following is present:
    Patient is taking anticoagulants (blood thinners)
    Loss of consciousness
    Seizure
    Nausea
    Vomiting
    Amnesia (memory loss)
    Confusion
    Blurred vision
    Dizziness
    Persistent Headache that does not respond to simple analgesia
    High energy mechanism  (RTC > 35mph, fall from > 1 meter or > 5 steps)
    Reduced consciousness
    Numbness or weakness
  • Neck injuries presenting with the following:
    High energy mechanism (RTC > 35mph, fall from > 1 meter or > 5 steps)
    Object falling onto top of head
    Falling onto top of head
    Rollover of vehicle;
    Required extraction from vehicle (trapped in vehicle)
    Hit by bus / truck
    Loss of consciousness  
    Seizure
    Numbness or weakness

    Reduced level of consciousness
    Pedestrian hit by car
    Bicycle collision
    Neck pain without history of injury
  • Back injuries presenting with the following:
    High energy mechanism (RTC > 35mph, fall from > 1 meter or > 5 steps)
    Rollover of vehicle;
    Required extraction from vehicle (trapped in vehicle)
    Hit by bus / truck
    Loss of consciousness
    Seizure
    Numbness or weakness
    Reduced level of consciousness
    Pedestrian hit by car
    Bicycle collision
    Back pain without a history of any injury
    Abdominal pain
    Fever
    Uncontrolled pain despite simple analgesia
    Pain in legs
    Can’t walk
    Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
  • Chest injuries presenting with the following:
    High energy mechanism (RTC > 35mph, fall from > 1 meter or > 5 steps)
    Rollover of vehicle
    Required extraction from vehicle (trapped in vehicle)
    Hit by bus / truck
    Reduced level of consciousness
    Pedestrian hit by car
    Bicycle collision
    Coughing up blood
    Short of breath
    Patient on anticoagulants (blood thinners)
    Abdominal pain
  • Minor illnesses
  • Vulnerable adults where abuse is suspected.
  • Children where non-accidental injury is suspected
  • Dental pain/toothache
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Overdose and poisoning
  • Collapse
  • Mental health episode
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fit note provision (Nurse led service so legislation will not permit)