Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are all considered emergencies and those with these symptoms should not hesitate in visiting their local A&E department.
Is your accident really an emergency?
The NHS offers many ways for people to get the right treatment. For more information about different conditions and treatments you can visit the NHS Website.
Minor accidents which don’t need emergency treatment include cuts, sprains and rashes. People with this type of injury can visit a walk in centre or a minor injuries unit, where an appointment isn’t needed and a wide range of non-urgent conditions can be treated. Patients whose condition is non-urgent will be redirected to their GP or minor injuries unit.
In many instances, pharmacies can help. They can give advice and over-the-counter remedies for diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, coughs and colds, as well as selling bandages and supports for minor twists and sprains.
Anyone who is unsure on the best course of action should ring NHS 111 for health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are worried about your symptoms or someone in your household then you can contact NHS 111 by telephone or the NHS 111 COVID-19 website.
It’s a good idea to make sure your GP surgery, local Out of Hours number and NHS 111 are saved into your mobile phone so you can quickly and easily call for advice if you’ve had a minor accident.
For more information about services, you can visit the NHS Services webpage.