Most people have either been to or heard A&E in hospitals, but as our services have modernised to provide the best care we now have separate Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres – which provide same day care for a wide range of urgent but not life-threatening conditions.
You should only attend the Emergency Department if you are seriously ill, for example:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds
- major trauma such as a road traffic accident
Less severe injuries can be treated in urgent care centres or minor injuries units.
If your GP is closed you can go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111, which will direct you to the best local service.
Alternatively, you can visit an NHS urgent treatment or walk-in centre, which will also treat minor illnesses without an appointment.
How to find your nearest Emergency Department
Not all hospitals have an Emergency department. You can use the find services search on this site to see if there’s one near you.
Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust runs the hospitals in Manchester which have emergency departments their websites list their hospitals and the services they offer including specialist emergency care like eye problems, dental care and emergency gynaecology.