Accident and Emergency (A&E) is for hospital attention due to serious illness or injury only. Visit A&E if it’s a serious or life threatening situation. An emergency might include:
- Severe chest pain
- Suspected heart attack or stroke
- Suspected meningitis
- Suspected broken bones
- Breathing difficulties
- Sudden and severe headaches
- Severe burns
- Severe injuries requiring hospital treatment
The rule is simple. Call 999 for an ambulance, or take someone straight to A&E if it is an emergency or life threatening situation.
A&E should only be used in extreme circumstances. Many people visit A&E when they could have received the advice and help they needed from their Pharmacist, GP or walk-in service.
If you access A&E inappropriately, you may be turned away and directed to another NHS service.