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A&E and 999

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Accident and Emergency (A&E) and 999 are for serious and life-threatening emergencies only.

You should travel to A&E yourself if you can. But if someone is too ill, for example 
if they have collapsed or can't breathe, dial 999 for an ambulance.

A&E is for serious and life-threatening emergencies such as:

  • 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.

At A&E, the most seriously ill patients will be seen before those with less urgent conditions.

This means that if you attend with a minor injury or illness you may have to wait for several hours for treatment. You might also be redirected, for example, to a GP, walk-in centre or a minor injuries unit.

If you’re not sure whether it’s an emergency, dial 111 first to make sure you get the right care, first time.

Details of A&E departments for South Gloucestershire can be found below, or you can search for your nearest hospital by postcode.

Your nearest A&E department

Southmead Emergency Department and Minor Injuries Unit

Gate 35, Level 0, Brunel building, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 5NB.
Emergency Department Main Reception Gate 35
Telephone: 0117 4145100 or 0117 4145101.
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week including bank holidays.

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