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A&E or 999

Only for very serious or life-threatening situations. This can include:

  • loss of consciousness
  • an acute confused state
  • fits that are not stopping
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds
  • overdosed

Call 999 immediately if you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke.

Also call 999 if you think someone has had a major trauma, such as after a serious road

traffic accident, a stabbing, a shooting, a fall from height, or a serious head injury.

If you are unsure, call NHS 111 or go on-line at