Choosing which service is right for you at a given time may not always be easy – often you have more than one option. Visit www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Pages/NHSServices.aspx to find out which service is right for you.
You should only use A&E or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations. For example:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds
In the case of suspected heart attack or stroke call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.