Minor Injuries

xrayThe minor injuries unit operates out of Witney Hospital on Welch Way in Witney and is open from 10.00a.m. until 10.30p.m.

Minor Injuries Units can treat a wide variety of problems including:

  • Cuts/grazes and lacerations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones (fractures)
  • Bites and stings (including human/animal bites)
  • Infected wounds
  • Minor head injuries
  • Minor eye infections, foreign bodies & scratches

If you are not sure whether your injury is minor and can be treated in a Minor Injuries Unit, please telephone 111 to advise you and direct you to the most appropriate place for your care.

Anything more major will need to be dealt with by the A & E Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford or ring 999 in the case of severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones where the person can not be moved.

Examples of symptoms/emergencies requiring A & E:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Heavy blood loss
  • Suspected broken bones
  • Persistent chest pain for 15 minutes or more
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Overdose, ingestion or poisoning

Witney Community Hospital
This is used for convalescence, respite care and rehabilitation. There is also a day hospital unit with access to physiotherapy and occupational health.

Walk In Centres

NHS Walk-in Centres give you fast access to health advice and treatment. There are now NHS Walk-in Centres throughout England. Usually open seven days a week, from early in the morning until late in the evening, they offer

  • Treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Assessment by an experienced NHS nurse
  • Advice on how to stay healthy
  • Information on out-of-hours GP and dental services
  • Information on local pharmacy services
  • Information on other local health services

There are some variations between services offered by Walk-in Centres across the country but normally most centres can provide the following services:

  • Advice on local GP and pharmacy services
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Contraceptive advice
  • Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
  • Dressing care
  • Emergency contraception
  • Hayfever, bites and stings
  • Health promotion: diet, exercise
  • Information on staying healthy/local services
  • Minor cuts and wounds - care, dressings
  • Muscle and joint injuries - strains and sprains
  • Skin complaints - rashes, sunburn, headlice
  • Smoking cessation support
  • Stomach ache, indigestion, constipation, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Suturing
  • Women's health problems, eg thrush, menstrual advice

Our closest walk in centres are in Swindon:

Swindon NHS Walk-in-Centre
Swindon Health Centre
Carfax Street

The Swindon NHS Walk-in-Centre
Clover Centre
Great Wastern Hospital
Marlborough Road

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