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When to visit an urgent treatment centre (walk-in centre or minor injury unit)

You can go to an urgent treatment centre (UTC) if you need urgent medical attention, but it's not a life-threatening situation . UTCs are open at least 12 hours a day, every day.

Conditions that can be treated at an urgent treatment centre include:

  • sprains and strains
  • suspected broken limbs
  • minor head injuries
  • cuts and grazes
  • bites and stings
  • minor scalds and burns
  • ear and throat infections
  • skin infections and rashes
  • eye problems
  • coughs and colds
  • high temperature in child and adults
  • stomach pain
  • being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea
  • emergency contraception
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If you're not sure what to do

NHS 111 can help if you need urgent medical help or you're not sure what to do.

They will ask questions about your symptoms so you get the help you need.

If you need to go to A&E, NHS 111 will book an arrival time. This might mean you spend less time in A&E. This also helps with social distancing.  

You can get help from 111.nhs.uk or call 111. It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Get help from 111.nhs.uk

Video: urgent treatment centres

This video explains what urgent treatment centres are and when to use them.

Media last reviewed: 1 October 2021
Media review due: 1 October 2024

Page last reviewed: 20 September 2021
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