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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 802358

Currently 7:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week
From 30th September 2020 - 7:00am - 10:00pm

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 Injury 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. 
  • Limb injuries which include broken bones (fractures) and minor joint dislocations
  • Wounds, grazes, & minor burns
  • Head injuries provided there is no loss of consciousness or taking blood thinning drugs
  • Face injuries provided there is no loss of consciousness
  • Minor neck injuries provided that the patient is mobile, has no pins and needles in arms and has not fallen from a height greater than 5 stairs or 1m
  • Minor back injuries provided that the patient is mobile, has no pins and needles in the legs, has not fallen from a height greater than 5 stairs or 1 metre
  • Eye, ear and nose injuries and foreign bodies
  • Rib injuries
  • Insect, animal and human bites

And the following can be provided:

  • Access to x-rays
  • Wound closure including stitching & gluing
  • Application of dressings
  • Application of plaster casts, splints, strappings and slings
  • Reduction of minor joint dislocations
  • Removal of foreign bodies
  • Eye washouts
  • Administration of medication to treat the injury
  • Administration of tetanus vaccines for injuries only
  • Colds, coughs, sore throats, earache, rashes, temperatures
  • Urinary infections, cystitis or catheter problems
  • Dental problems
  • Accident with injury to abdomen/stomach
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Collapse
  • Breathing problems
  • Stroke
  • Overdose and poisoning
  • Painful limbs, joints or backs (not caused by an injury)
  • Skin complaints including boils and rashes
  • Wounds that have not been caused during an accident