What is an Emergency?
Whatever the time of day, if you or someone else experiences the symptoms below and you feel it is so serious that it cannot wait, go to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department or call 999.
- Chest pain
- Severe abdominal pain
- Vomiting blood
- Black stools
- Non-blanching rashes (the glass test)
- Possible anaphylactic shock (swelling of mouth and throat)
Emergencies will be dealt with as a priority by a GP.
If you have had a minor injury within the last 48 hours why wait in A&E? Visit a minor injuries unit or an urgent care centre. There is one at St Charles’s Hospital, Exmoor Street, London W10.
NHS 111 Urgent Care Services
Call 111 if you need medical help fast, but it’s not life-threatening. For example, if you;
- Think you need to go to hospital
- Don’t know who to call for medical help
- Don’t have a GP to call
- Need medical advice or reassurance about what to do next
Ask Your Pharmacist
Pharmacies can help with a range of common conditions and minor illness/injuries, such as aches and pains, uncomplicated cystitis, colds and skin rashes. You don’t need an appointment; you can just pop in, so why wait for a consultation with your nurse or doctor. Don’t miss out on this valuable service on your high street. Visit the National Pharmacy Association website for more information.