Minor injuries services in Dorset are being reorganised

1st April 2020

Minor Injuries units opening times

Dorset's minor injuries units are open at the times below. Please do not just turn up – you cannot be seen without an appointment.

For urgent care call 01305 762541 and you will be given advice, or you can call the MIU directly.

Service Monday-Friday Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays Contact number
Westminster (Shaftesbury) 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 01747 851535
Swanage 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 01929 475009
Victoria (Wimborne) 8.30am-8pm 8am-8pm 01202 856436
Weymouth UTC 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 01305 762541
Bridport 9am-8pm 9am-6pm
01308 42624

Sherborne, Blandford and Portland MIUs are temporarily closed, with staff relocated to Shaftesbury and Wimborne to improve services and extend opening times.

To make best use of NHS resources, and ensure robust and reliable services, temporary changes are being made to Dorset’s Minor Injuries Units (MIUs).

Dorset HealthCare recently switched its MIU services to provide telephone support and offer face-to-face appointments only where strictly necessary, to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, we have been able to support the vast majority of people remotely without the need for on-site appointments.

To ensure we are able to continue offering this service to the people of Dorset, the MIUs in Blandford, Portland and Sherborne will no longer be able to see people on site from Monday (6 April).

Instead, staff from these units will help support the MIUs at Shaftesbury and Wimborne hospitals, as well as the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) based at Weymouth Hospital. This will allow us to maintain a number of MIUs across the county, with Shaftesbury and Wimborne extending their opening hours, and to provide a more consistent and reliable service.

MIUs at Bridport and Swanage hospitals will continue running as normal under the current service, providing appointments by telephone only.

If you have an ailment or injury which requires urgent care, please call NHS 111 or 01305 762541 and you will be given advice or – if necessary – booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the appropriate site.

Alternatively, you can call your nearest MIU/UTC direct on:

  • Bridport – 01308 426245
  • Shaftesbury – 01747 851535
  • Swanage – 01929 475 009
  • Weymouth – 01305 762541
  • Wimborne – 01202 856436.

Phone NHS 111 if you’re not sure what support you need, or call 999 for anything life threatening as normal.

Helen Persey, the Trust’s Acting Service Director for Integrated Community Services, said:

“This is just a temporary change, but an essential one. It will help us manage the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, while still providing a spread of MIU services across the county.

“We are grateful for all the support shown to our staff and the NHS during this time.”

Full details of Dorset’s MIUs and Weymouth’s UTC, plus its Emergency Departments, are available below and here.

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