When to visit Accident and Emergency (A&E)

An A&E department deals with genuine life-threatening and serious accidents.

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Together we can choose the right service when you need medical help or advice.

These include: loss of consciousness, chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding, severe allergic reactions, severe burns or scalds, stroke. For all other medical help, visit or call free NHS 111.

In Wakefield, for urgent, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries, King Street Walk In Centre in Wakefield is also open between 10am and 10pm. Ring the service on 01924 882350 to speak to a clinician. 

Alternatively, Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To book an appointment, please ring NHS111.

Pharmacists are trained healthcare professionals who can give you health advice quickly and provide over-the-counter treatments for most minor ailments. Your GP practice is also still here to help and can provide urgent and routine appointments on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Just ring your practice number as usual for out-of-hours appointments.

If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you don’t need immediate medical attention, please consider other options before dialling 999 or coming to the Emergency Department.

Choosing the most appropriate place for care allows ambulance and Emergency Department staff to concentrate on people whose lives are at risk and can potentially save you a long wait.