Our emergency department is also often referred to as ‘accident & emergency’ (A&E).
Our emergency department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone seeking treatment for an urgent problem caused by an accident or illness. Our emergency department can be very busy and in the last year we saw over 56,000 patients.
Examples of conditions appropriate for treatment in an emergency department include:
- Chest pain
- Sudden onset weakness or speech difficulties
- Major trauma such as road traffic accidents
- Severe or sudden onset shortness of breath
- Unconsciousness / reduced consciousness
- Severe abdominal pain or injuries
- Recent minor injuries.
If you use emergency services for minor problems, you may prevent others with emergencies from getting immediate care. If you attend an emergency department and your condition is not an emergency, you may be advised to contact your own family doctor or GP, dentist or optician.
If you are not sure what to do, phone NHS 111. Please consider whether your family doctor can help you before making your journey.
Our emergency department is organised as follows:
- Patients are cared for on two sides: minors and majors/resuscitation
- The minor side was refurbished in 2017 and has a designated paediatric area, and two triage consulting rooms
- The major side is used for patients with more serious illnesses or injuries and following a big refurbishment in 2013 there is now a complete area of 12 cubicles with an extended four-bedded resuscitation room.
There is also a large general waiting area with a child play room, a quiet relative’s room and public toilets.