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Accident and emergency

Do not hesitate to call 999, or visit your nearest Emergency Department (A&E) in the case of a genuine life-threatening emergency, such as: 

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Suspected stroke
  • Suspected heart attack
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe loss of blood
  • Choking
  • Fitting/ convulsions
  • Drowning
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Major trauma (serious road traffic accident, a stabbing, a shooting, a fall from height, or a serious head injury)

If you are deaf or speech-impaired you can access 999 services using Relay UK. You will need to download the Relay UK app to your smartphone or other device. In an emergency open the app and tap the 999 button and confirm to make an emergency call. You can also use the 999 by SMS Text Service. Your phone will need to be registered with the service in advance. To register text the word register to 999 and follow the instructions in the reply message you receive. You can find out more from the emergency SMS website.

For more information on what will happen when you call 999 click here (opens in new tab)

If you're not sure what to do, need information or advice or require details of a pharmacy or A&E department that is near to you, dial 111.

Click here to visit our Minor Injuries Units page, if you need to be seen to treat a wide range of lower-level conditions (opens in new tab)

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