Accident and Emergency

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.