Emergency visits

Our emergency department provides a 24-hour emergency service for the people of Barnsley and the wider area.

We see between 180-250 people a day in our emergency department which can be even higher during peak periods.  For two consecutive years we have consistently seen, treated and discharged over 98% of patients within four hours or less which places Barnsley as one of the highest performing hospitals in the region for emergency waiting times.

This excellent performance can only be maintained however if people use the emergency department for the right reasons and not as an alternative to their GP.  Emergency departments are strictly for emergencies.

What is an emergency?

The following should be treated as an emergency.  If you find yourself or someone else in one of these situations you should either call 999 or if safe to do so, bring the person straight to the emergency department:

  • someone has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped
  • the person is experiencing severe chest pain or is having trouble breathing
  • there is severe bleeding from any part of the body
  • the person is, or has been, unconscious
  • there has been a serious head injury
  • the person has a severe burn/scald
  • the person has a severe allergic reaction
  • the person has numbness or weakness down one side and/or has problems understanding what you are saying
  • there is a suspected broken bone or dislocation
  • the person is experiencing severe stomach ache that cannot be treated by over-the-counter remedies
  • someone has overdosed or poisoned themselves

Still unsure?

If you are still not sure whether the situation is an emergency, need urgent help for something less serious or just want some advice, you can contact one of the following:

Call your GP surgery

If you do not require immediate care you should call your GP for an appointment.  If the surgery is closed, you should still call your GP surgery as there will usually be a recorded message with details of out of hours arrangements.

NHS 111

NHS 111 provides a 24-hour advice service, which can be accessed by calling 111 or visiting here, to help decide whether an A&E visit is appropriate.

This page was updated: by Andy Leppard.
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