Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is urging the public to only attend the Emergency Department (ED) at the Queen’s Medical Centre in a real emergency.
NUH says ‘ED is extremely busy at the moment – please use other services for minor injuries/illnesses.’
You should only call 999 or visit ED in a real emergency.
This includes a serious injury or life-threatening problem such as loss of consciousness, severe breathing difficulty, heavy bleeding, severe chest pain, suspected broken bones, deep wounds (e.g. stab wounds), swallowing something harmful or poisonous or a drug overdose.
If it is not an emergency, please: Call 111
If you need help fast but don’t think it’s a 999 emergency, you can call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones.
It can signpost you to a range of local health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists. The 111 service can also put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse during evenings and weekends if needed.
Visit the NHS Urgent Care Centre
The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-9pm. It deals with non-life threatening injuries and health problems. You don’t need an appointment to attend.
Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA
Tel: 0115 883 8500
Contact your out-of-hours GP service
If you or your family needs urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed phone the usual surgery number and your call will be re-directed to the GP out-of-hours service (Monday to Friday 6.30pm-8am, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 24 hours).
Visit your local pharmacy
If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your pharmacist for on-the-spot advice and remedies for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds, cystitis and emergency contraception.