Accident and Emergency

The Accident and Emergency department (A&E) treats life threatening or serious injuries and illnesses following an accident or in a medical emergency. 

It 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:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds
  • suspected broken bones
  • drug overdose

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.

Accident and emergency services - Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Mytton Oak Road , Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8XQ
01743 261000

This Department is managed by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Accident and emergency services - The Princess Royal Hospital
Apley Castle, Grainger Drive , Telford, Shropshire, TF1 6TF
01952 641222

This Department is managed by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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.