Minor Injuries

The Minor Injuries Unit is based at The Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh EH4 2XU. It is open seven days a week from 0800 to 2000.

  • Patients can self refer to the minor injuries department by calling NHS24 on 111 .if they fit the below inclusion criteria.
  • Patients will be offered a video call consultation if they have a smart phone, or a face to face appointment if they do not.
  • Following a video call consultation, the nurse practitioner will either give self care advice, or book a face to face appointment.


  • Patients over 8 years old and over
  • Must be able to make their own way to minor injuries unit
  • Injuries within 14 days
  • Wounds less than 24 hours old with controlled bleeding with or without foreign body
  • Foreign body in nose or ear
  • Crush injury to fingers or toes with no wound
  • Ring removal from fingers or toes
  • Minor burns or scalds (not involving hands, face or genitals)
  • Head or face injuries (without loss of consciousness, vomiting, disturbed vision, altered behaviour, reduced conscious level, or patients with haematological conditions or patients on anticoagulation therapy.
  • Eye injuries (without visual disturbances or penetrating injury)
  • Limb injuries (below shoulder or below knee)
  • Animal bites including insect bites and stings
  • Patients with fracture that require review after being treated outwith NHS Lothian
  • Animal bites with localised swelling swelling and no evidence of allergic reaction

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