Generally, you should only visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
- loss of consciousness
- pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia
- acute confused state
- persistent, severe chest pain, or
- breathing difficulties
If an ambulance is needed, call 999, the emergency phone number in England. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. Not all hospitals have an A&E department.
At A&E a doctor or nurse will assess your condition and decide on further action. You usually have to wait before you are seen, particularly on Friday or Saturday nights. A&E departments try to see, diagnose and treat 95% of people within four hours of arrival.
In addition to A&E departments, other services such as walk-in centres and minor injury units are available. They can treat patients without an appointment. They deal with minor injuries and illnesses.
Accident & Emergency Unit
Your Nearest A&E is at:
SOUTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL
Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 6YD
023 8077 7222