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Current waiting times (average) Emergency Dept. (A&E): 92 minutes Emergency Dept. (children): 7 minutes Learn more about our waiting times

Emergency Department (A&E)

Our Emergency Department, otherwise known as Accident and Emergency (A&E), assess and treat people with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. The department, which is situated at St. Mary's Hospital, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How can I get urgent medical help?

For urgent medical help, please use NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service

A trained NHS adviser or healthcare professional will help you right away. If you need urgent care, they will arrange an arrival time at our Emergency Department or Urgent Treatment Centre.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, call 999.

Did you know there are a range of local health services available to you when you are feeling unwell? Depending on the seriousness of your symptoms, you could get help faster and easier by using another service, and you could even save lives!


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