Emergency Care

If you have an Emergency Medical Condition, call 999 or go to the nearest hospital Accident and Emergency department

An Emergency Medical Condition is:

  • a medical or psychiatric condition that shows itself by the rapid onset of symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs;

or if

  • you are in active labour when there isn't enough time for safe transfer by your own transport to hospital before delivery or if such a transfer poses a threat to you (or your unborn child's) health and safety. Dial 999 to be taken to the nearest Maternity Unit

Unless you need emergency medical attention, it is best not to go to your local A&E department. A&E doctors and nurses are equipped to deal with serious medical cases, not routine and minor ailments. See our Urgent Care for more information of alternative services to choose.