The following conditions are what we would class as emergencies and you should visit the emergency department immediately:

  • Unconsciousness
  • A suspected stroke
  • Heavy blood loss
  • Suspected broken bones
  • A deep wound
  • A suspected heart attack
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Severe burns
  • A severe allergic reaction

If you have any of the following conditions, you would be better managed by your GP who is better trained to deal with medical problems that are not emergencies:

  • General aches and pains
  • Dental problems
  • Coughs, colds and sore throats
  • Requests for prescriptions, x-rays or sick notes
  • Other problems that have been present for a few days

The department is divided in to a number of separate areas:

  • Resuscitation Room – Used for the treatment of most seriously ill or injured patients.
  • Major Treatment Area – This area is used for the assessment and treatment of patients with illnesses and injuries who do not require the facilities of the resuscitation room but may be too unwell to be placed in the waiting room.
  • Pediatric Area – A separate waiting area and two treatment cubicles are provided for younger patients.
  • Minor injury and illness service – This service is provided by medical staff and Emergency Nurse Practitioners. In addition during evenings and weekends, the minor illness service is provided jointly with doctors from Primecare; the GP out-of-Hours service.