If you have a non-life-threatening illness or injury, there are lots of ways you can access advice and care without going to an Emergency Department. This allows emergency staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait.
There are three urgent treatment centres in our region, run by experienced clinicians who can treat minor illnesses and injuries, such as:
- fractures and lacerations
- insect and animal bites
- stitches (sutures)
- dressing care
- minor cuts and bruises
- minor burns and strains
Appointments for urgent treatment centres are accessed by visiting NHS 111 online or calling NHS 111. Patients attending the Emergency Department may be seen by a triage nurse and given an urgent treatment centre timed arrival slot if appropriate.