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Emergency Department (A&E)

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

Think why A&E?

Should you attend A&E?

We want to make sure that our Emergency Department also known as the Accident and Emergency department (A&Es) is kept free for those people with serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses, and we need your help...


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!

Thousands of people attend the Emergency Department unnecessarily and would have benefited by accessing other NHS services such as:

Choosing the Right Service

Think twice before you ….

  • Call the emergency service
  • Visit A&E

We all need to keep these services for those with a life threatening illness or who have had a serious accident

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