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Urgent & Emergency Care

Patients in a life-threatening or serious situation may need to call 999 for an ambulance or, if it is safe for you to do so, visit the Accident and Emergency Department at a hospital.

Please consider carefully whether or not your injury or illness requires urgent care before attending. Examples of emergency situations are:
Severe chest pains; Breathing difficulties; Heavy bleeding or deep wounds; Loss of consciousness; Serious head injury; Severe allergic reaction; Suspected broken bones or dislocation; Overdose or poisoning; if a person has numbness or weakness down one side and/or has problems understanding what you are saying or has new problems with their speech.

For patients who require urgent attention due to an acute illness or injury, there are two Accident and Emergency Units in Leeds (located at Leeds General Infirmary in the city centre and St James in Burmantofts) and Harrogate which are open 24 hours a day.

For non-emergency situations, please call the NHS 111 service for help identifying which local service can help you best. This could be A&E, an out-of-hours doctor, an urgent care centre or a walk-in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist.

The Minor Injuries Unit at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley is able to treat cuts, bites, stings, muscle or joint injuries, and sprains.