The (Accident &) Emergency Department (ED) is open to anyone who needs emergency care because of a serious illness or accident. When you arrive you will be assessed by a senior nurse. You may have tests or investigations, and be seen and treated by other nurses and doctors. Many people can go straight home after treatment, but you may be admitted to a ward at St Mary’s or transferred to another hospital for care, if necessary.
If your condition is not an emergency – for example, you have been suffering from a medical problem for more than 48 hours or have a long-standing illness or health problem, you should:
- speak to your local pharmacist for minor illnesses
- telephone NHS 111 for health advice – available 24/7 (calls are free from landlines and mobile phones)
- go online to your GP Practice’s website and use eConsult to contact your GP Practice