A&E isn’t always the best place to go if it's not an emergency. You may get faster and more appropriate treatment elsewhere.

You should only go to A&E (sometimes known as “Casualty”) if you are badly hurt, seriously ill or if you have been advised to go there by SPA (or NHS 111), your GP or a Pharmacist. 

If it can wait, you probably don't need A&E.  If you're not sure, it's better to phone SPA or 111 first. 

So when should I go to A&E?

A&E (or 999) is for when someone:

• is unconscious
• has severe chest pain
• has a fever and is persistently lethargic despite having paracetamol or ibuprofen
• has a head injury and vomiting
• has heavy blood loss
• is having difficulty breathing (breathing fast, panting or are very wheezy)
• has severe abdominal pain
• has a cut that won’t stop bleeding or is gaping open
• has a leg or arm injury and can’t use the limb
• has swallowed poison or tablets
• has an object lodged in nose or ear.

Or if you have been advised to by SPA, NHS 111, your GP or a pharmacist.

There are A&E departments at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Scartho Road, Grimsby, DN33 2BA and at Scunthorpe General Hospital, Cliff Gardens, Scunthorpe, North East Lincolnshire DN15 7BH.

For everything else, please ring our Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01472 256256