A&E (Accident or Emergency)

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:

  • loss of consciousness

  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping

  • persistent, severe chest pain

  • breathing difficulties

  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped


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?

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9NH

Opening hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.