Emergency services

Emergency services deal with genuine life-threatening emergencies such as:

  • loss of consciousness
  • persistent severe chest pains
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scolds
  • confused state and fits that are not stopping and come on suddenly

Emergency services are available in the A&E (Accident & Emergency) departments of local hospitals (sometimes known as emergency or casualty departments).

If you need an emergency response vehicle, like an ambulance, you should dial 999.

If it’s not life-threatening, but you need medical advice fast, you can dial NHS 111, the free NHS helpline instead.

Local A&E departments for adults

Local A&E departments for children