Sometimes, you may be so unwell that you need to go to hospital. When self-care and NHS services in your area can't make things better, or when something is so serious that you need an ambulance, going to Accident and Emergency (A&E) might be the best thing to do
If you are unsure Accident and Emergency is for serious, life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention.
Please think carefully and consider whether going to an A&E department is really necessary and the best option for you. You may be able to look after yourself at home with the right advice and information or you might need some help from an NHS service in your area. Of course, in a genuine emergency the A&E department will provide the best possible care for life-threatening illness and injury, but you should only go there in a real emergency.
As many as one in four people who go to A&E could care for themselves or use alternative treatment. There are plenty of other services available where you can be seen quickly and conveniently, so…
Accident and Emergency is for serious, life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention.
Think about it, and choose the right care.