When to contact your local practice


Cuts & Grazes

Seek medical advice from your GP or NHS Walk-In Centre if:

  • the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of applying pressure,
  • there is a chance that nerves or tendons have been affected,
  • something is embedded within the cut,
  • the cut occurred as a result of an animal or human bite, or was punctured by any other object that may cause infection
  • the cut involves the mouth, face, or genitals.

You should also get medical assistance if you think the cut is not healing properly, or may be showing signs of infection. The cut may need to be cleaned and/or stitched.

Bleeding from small cuts and grazes can be controlled by applying pressure to the cut using a clean, non-fluffy pad (preferably a sterile dressing, if you have one) and by raising the injured part.

Once you are sure that the cut is clean and that the bleeding has stopped, apply an adhesive dressing.

The cut should heal by itself within a few days.

(Extract from NHS Direct website)