Minor Injuries Unit - Herts and Essex Hospital

About the Service

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at the Herts and Essex Hospital offers an alternative to A&E attendance for patients with minor injuries.

The MIU is an ‘open access’ service that can be used by both adults and children over two years old who have sustained a minor injury. There are no appointments, so patients are seen in order of time of arrival unless their condition is more serious, for example a wound with uncontrolled bleeding or a dislocated joint or an obviously badly broken bone. Our aim is to see you as soon as possible but you will appreciate that sometimes several patients arrive at the same time, so some waiting time is inevitable.

 The MIU is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm and can treat the following conditions and issues:


We are now offering more consultations by telephone and video conferencing. Please call the MIU before you visit on 01279 827450 so that we can advise you on whether you need to be seen in person or whether we can help you by telephone or video conferencing. In many cases our team may be able to offer you advice without you needing to come to the hospital at all. If you do attend in person, please expect to be asked to wait in your car or outside the building until one of our team can call you to discuss your care. We will only ask you to come into the MIU if we cannot advise you without seeing you face to face. Patients who have used our video conferencing facility tell us it is very easy and helpful for conditions where advice can be given remotely. 


Contact the service

Tel: 01279 655191 (This number will take you to the Herts and Essex switchboard, who will then put you through to the Minor Injuries Unit.)

How the Service is provided

Who is eligible for this Service

What will happen at your appointment

Useful information

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Patient Experience