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Accident and Emergencies

A&E treats life threatening or serious injuries and illnesses following an accident or medical emergency. 

The hospital Emergency Department is there for everyone in the event of an accident or emergency. The treatment you receive will depend on your clinical need.

An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation, such as:

Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are all considered emergencies and those with these symptoms should not hesitate in visiting their local A&E department.

If you are unable to get the patient to A&E, either yourself or via public transport (for example by taxi), or suspect that medical attention is required as a matter of urgency (for example, someone has lost consciousness and remains unconscious), dial 999 for an ambulance.

Local A&Es are open 24 hours-a-day.

For minor injuries such as minor burns and scalds, bites, cuts, simple fractures, sprains, bruises and wound infections, visit one of the county’s Minor Injury Units.