What is an emergency?
When it comes to your health or the health of someone in your family, it is often very obvious if the person is seriously ill and needs immediate emergency care.
An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation.
To help you decide what a critical situation is, here are some examples:
a suspected stroke,
heavy blood loss,
suspected broken bones,
a deep wound such as a stab wound,
a suspected heart attack,
difficulty in breathing,
severe burns, and
a severe allergic reaction.
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
IF THE PATIENT IS UNCONCIOUS
Has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Can they raise both arms & keep them there?
Is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999 if you see any single one of the above signs
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NHS AMBULANCE SERVICES
Learn more about the ambulance service and emergency call-handling from NHS Choices.
Also you can view four humerous videos produced by NHS North West on real life examples of how not to use A & E departments.
MINOR INJURY UNITS
Patients often attend the hospital Accident & Emergency department when they could be treated just as professionally and usually more quickly at a Minor Injuries Unit. Minor Injuries Units are for patients with
Cuts/grazes and lacerations
Sprains and strains
Broken bones (fractures)
Bites and stings (including human/animal bites)
Minor head injuries
Minor eye infections, foreign bodies and scratches
Minor Injuries Units are staffed by highly qualified nurse practitioners who often have more experience and expertise in this kind of treatment than many doctors.
You donít need an appointment to visit and the waiting times are usually much shorter than those in the Emergency department as emergency staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions
Women can get a pill for emergency contraception from sexual health or family planning clinics, their GP or free from certain pharmacies (if under 25). A pill for emergency contraception can be given up to 72 hrs after unprotected sex to reduce your risk of pregnancy. You can be fitted with an IUD which is far more effective. This can be done at the practice, family planning clinics some GU clinics or Conifer House in the City centre.
If you need urgent advice call the practice or outside normal hours dial 111.
If you require urgent dental care, you should contact your own dentist for advice and treatment if required, in the first instance.
If you are not registered with a dentist and find yourself in need of emergency dental care outside of normal working hours, please dial 111 for the NHS 111 service - available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
URGENT DENTAL CARE
There are times when recognising the symptoms of a serious emergency can save a life.
Your prompt action could make all the difference - not just in terms of alerting the emergency services but in taking appropriate action until a health professional arrives.
Click HERE to learn more about heart attack signs and visit other relevant links on this for more information.
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCIES
If a person's mental or emotional state quickly worsens, this can be treated as a mental health emergency or mental health crisis. In this situation, it's important to get help as soon as possible. Dial 111 to find out where help is available. If you feel the person is in immediate danger then call 999
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