Is it an emergency?

Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments and 999 services should only be used in real emergencies.

If you’re unsure whether or not it’s an emergency, you can dial 111 (NHS 111) at any time. Trained advisers will ask about symptoms and advise what to do. If you know your illness or injury is not life threatening please help your local NHS by using one of our other local services such as the minor injury units.

What is an emergency?

An emergency is a critical or life-threatening condition, such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Heavy blood loss that cannot be stopped
  • Persistent, severe chest pain
  • Head injuries
  • A suspected stroke or heart attack
  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Suspected broken bones
  • A deep wound, such as a stab wound

How can I find my nearest A&E unit?

Enter your postcode on the NHS Choices Urgent Care Finder and you will be able to see where your nearest A&E department is (plus any additional instructions). If you, or someone you know, has any of the conditions listed above (what is an emergency?) it may be safer and easier for you if you call 999 rather than making your own way to A&E.

Note: If you are accessing our website from outside Leeds you may find that your local A&E department is not open 24 hours a day.

Helping Yorkshire Ambulance Service locate you quickly

If your property is hard-to-find and you are worried that emergency services may not be able to find you should you need to call 999 for assistance, then the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has set up a way of allowing you to share key information with them to help locate you.

What you need to do

All you need to do is complete the online form and the Knowledge Management team will update your information.