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Minor Injuries Unit

Contact: (0191) 282 0531 - Minor Injuries Unit reception

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary close to the heart of Newcastle city centre. 

This nurse-led unit is co-located to the main Emergency Department (ED), seeing patients for assessment and treatment of a wide range of urgent (non-emergency) conditions, minor injuries and illnesses.

Staffed by highly-experienced nurse practitioners, supported by the medical staff of the ED who oversee the unit's work, and are available for advice when needed.

Waiting times are normally shorter than the main ED, and you are encouraged to come here for treatment to avoid delays in the main unit. 

The unit has purpose-built facilities and ready access to a comprehensive range of support services within the hospital and community, including x-ray, pharmacy, outpatient clinics, social work teams and GP surgeries. This means you will receive the best possible treatment and advice efficiently and effectively from the most appropriate health care professional.


How to find us

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The Minor Injuries Unit is located at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. To find us:

  • Come onto the hospital site from Richardson Road.
  • Enter Leazes Wing main reception.
  • Turn right and head towards the New Victoria Wing.
  • Follow signs for Minor Injury Unit located on level 3 of the New Victoria Wing.
  • Register your attendance at the reception desk and you will be advised of what will happen next.

How to get to the hospital

Who should go to the Minor Injuries Unit ?

The MIU nurse practitioners are trained to assess and treat a wide range of minor injuries and ailments, including:

Minor injuries:

  • Shoulder injuries
  • Elbow and below
  • Knee and below
  • Minor head injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Cuts / bruises / sprains

Minor ailments:

  • Earache
  • Aches and pains
  • Emergency contraception

Children will be seen in our dedicated Paediatric Emergency Department.

Opening Hours

The Minor Injuries Unit at the RVI is open from 8.00am to 9.00pm, seven days a week.

During 8.00pm - 9.00pm when we are experiencing high patient numbers, you may be re-directed to the main emergency department so that all patients can be seen and treated within the service-provision hours.

More information

For medical advice, or if you are unsure whether the Minor Injury Unit is the right place for you to get treatment, please contact:

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