Acute

Updated on 13th March 2012 at 1:09 pm

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Accident & emergency and 999 services

Please only dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident & Emergency if the illness or injury is life threatening or can’t wait. Unless you need urgent medical attention it is best to avoid A&E as it keeps the service free for those with critical injuries and illnesses.

You should dial 999 immediately if you or someone else is seriously ill, for example if someone:

  • Has had a major accident
  • Has problems with breathing
  • Has severe chest pains
  • Is unconscious
  • Has lost a lot of blood