The Emergency Department assesses and treats patients with serious injuries or illnesses and life-threatening emergencies, such as:
Less severe injuries can be treated in minor injuries services and NHS walk-in centres, which can treat patients without an appointment.
Minor illnesses that are not life threatening can be treated by your GP surgery or out of hours by calling NHS 111
The Acute Medical Unit accepts patients referred from the Emergency Department, Ambulatory Emergency Care Service or the patients GP for assessment of their medical condition. Following assessment and treatment, patients are either discharged home or admitted to a specialty bed in one of the wards to continue their treatment. The Ambulatory Emergency Care Service cares for patients following a clinical pathway allowing them to remain at home during the course of their treatment, as an alternative to a hospital admission