Accidents & Emergencies
This section provides information about who to contact in an emergency and emergency services.
Usually if you are legally living and working in the UK you are covered by NHS healthcare and eligible for free emergency treatment. To find out if you are eligible to receive free emergency treatment in the UK, visit the Department of Health website below.
Who to Contact
In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the ambulance service. This call is free.
If you have more time, you can choose an emergency service from the NHS Direct website listed below. If you're not sure what to do, you can call NHS Direct for advice.
NHS Direct: 0845 4647*
To find the nearest emergency care centre, visit NHS Direct and select one of the three options below:
A&E (Accidents & Emergency): Choose this option if you have a serious injuries or serious illness requiring immediate treatment.
Walk In Centres: Choose this option if you need health advice, emergency contraception and treatment of minor ailments, infections or injuries such as cuts, strains, sprains and broken bones.
Minor Injuries Unit: Choose this option if you need treatment for cuts, sprains, minor burns or broken bones.
After selecting an option, type in your postcode, town or area.
For more information on emergency healthcare you can visit the websites below:
(*Helplines will be answered in English. Ask if there is an interpreter available.)
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