What is an Emergency?

If you or someone else experiences the symptoms below and you feel it is serious and could be life threatening and cannot wait, go to the nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department or call 999

Symptoms include

  • Anaphylactic shock (swelling of mouth and throat)
  • Black stools or rectal bleeding
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Collapse, unconscious, coma
  • Non-blanching rashes (the glass test)
  • Seizures that are prolonged
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Suspected stroke
  • Vomiting blood

Emergencies will be dealt with as a priority


The nearest A&E department is at Ealing Hospital, however you can also use the NHS Choices search tool, to find the nearest A&E to you

Paediatrics A&E

Please be aware that the Ealing Hospital A&E cannot treat children. The below hospitals have Paediatrics A&E:

NHS 111 Urgent Care Services

Call 111 if you need medical help fast, but it’s not life-threatening. For example if you:

  • Think you need to go to hospital
  • Don’t know who to call for medical help
  • Don’t have a GP to call
  • Need medical advice or reassurance about what to do next