Do I need to go to A&E?

Accident and Emergency (A&E) isn’t always the best place to go if you need to be seen quickly. You may get more appropriate and faster treatment elsewhere.

The A&E department at Scunthorpe General Hospital deals with genuine life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds
  • stroke
  • major trauma, such as a road traffic accident

A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment. If your GP practice is closed, you can call 111, which will direct you to the best local service.

If yours is a real emergency, always dial 999.