A&E departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should only visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, 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
If an ambulance is needed, call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the ambulance number throughout the European Union.
Please spare a moment to think before you go to A&E as you may be able to receive appropriate treatment in a number of other services, including:
NHS 111 - available 24 hours a day and seven days a week – simply dial 111 to speak to trained professionals who can provide medical advice and advise you on the best local service to offer the care you need.
Local Accident and Emergency services around Thurrock