Life Threatening Emergencies
In a life threatening emergency such as sudden severe chest pain, severe breathlessness, loss of power in a limb, loss of consciousness or severe bleeding dial 999.
Accident and Emergency
Only visit your Accident and Emergency (A&E) department or call 999 for serious life threatening injuries. The emergency services are always very busy. Only attend A&E if you have a life threatening problem or a serious illness.
It is often obvious when someone is seriously ill. They may be unconscious, appear to have had a heart attack, have a broken bone or be bleeding heavily.
There is an accident and emergency department at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There is also an accident and emergency department at Macclesfield General Hospital in Macclesfield. It is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If your condition is not life threatening it is usually better and quicker for you to choose another service such as Walk In Centres and Minor Injuries Units.
Choose Accident and Emergency (A&E) for
- Severe blood loss
- Severe chest pain
- Life threatening choking
- Blacking out
- Severe breathing difficulty
Walk In Centres and Minor Injuries Unit
A walk in centre or minor injuries unit is the right place if you or a member of your family needs fast, convenient access to advice or treatment for a minor injury or illness. You do not need an appointment.
One in every four people who visit an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department could have been treated much more quickly at one of the services below. Why not save yourself the wait by visiting them.
Haywood Walk in Centre
Open 7am to 10pm weekdays, and 9am to 10pm weekends and bank holidays.
Telephone 01782 673500
Hanley Health and Wellbeing Centre
Open 8am to 8pm everyday (including bank
Telephone 0300 123 6759
Minor Injuries Unit
Leek Moorlands Hospital,
Open 8am to 8pm everyday (including bank holidays)
Telephone 01538 487103
Congleton War Memorial Hospital
Open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday to Sunday (including bank holidays): 8am to 8.30pm
Telephone 01260 294828
If you have an urgent medical problem you can:
Telephone the Surgery
Telephone 0300 404 2987 during our surgery opening times.
Arrangements will be made for you to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
Contact NHS 111
Telephone NHS 111 or go online by visiting 111.nhs.uk.
Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The online service is for people aged 5 years and over only.
NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
Get help online or on the telephone:
To get help from NHS 111, you can:
- go to 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 years and over only)
- call 111
- NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In life threatening emergencies such as chest pain and severe shortness of breath you should call 999.