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Emergency department or 999

To avoid crowding in our emergency department and waiting rooms, contact NHS 111 before turning up. Use the NHS 111 online service or call 111 at any time of day or night. Arrangements have not changed for people with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Please continue to dial 999 as before.


If you have coronavirus symptoms and need medical help for any reason, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, use NHS 111 online.

You must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings, unless you are exempt. Please help us to reduce the risk of infection for our staff and patients by following this guidance.

Medical emergencies

The emergency department and 999 are for serious and life-threatening conditions and for real emergencies only, such as:

  • chest pain
  • illness or injury
  • loss of consciousness
  • serious incident
  • major blood loss

The emergency department is not an alternative to a GP appointment. If your GP practice is closed, you should contact NHS 111. You will then be directed to the best health service to treat your injury.

Emergency departments

Emergency departments are located at:


If you cannot make voice calls, you can contact the 999 emergency service by SMS text from your mobile phone. Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service, which has been designed for people with hearing loss or speech difficulties.

Please register if you would like to use this service. Text ‘register’ to 999 and you will get a reply with instructions on how to set-up the service.

Please do not send test or non-emergency texts.

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