A&E (accident and emergency) departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses. You should visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:
If you need an ambulance call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK.
You can also dial 112, which is the ambulance number throughout the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although not all hospitals have an A&E department.
Where is my closest A&E?
Opening hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.