Accident and Emergency (A & E)
A & E and 999 are for emergencies only.
The nearest A & E department for most Swindon residents will be the Great Western Hospital in Marlborough Road, Swindon, close to Junction 15 of the M4.
An emergency is a critical or life threatening situation such as:
- Loss of consciousness
- Heavy blood loss
- Suspected broken bones
- Persistent chest pain for 15 minutes or more
- Difficulty in breathing
- Overdose or poisoning
You should come straight to A&E if you:
- Are suffering from a serious condition that requires immediate attention or stitches
- Have a recent injury that remains painful despite pain relief and first aid
- Are suffering from severe breathing difficulties or severe pain in the body
- Have significant blood loss
Patients are assessed on arrival however you should be aware that very serious conditions, requiring immediate urgent treatment, will be given priority.
If your condition is non-urgent, minor or easily treatable you may have to wait for longer or be redirected to a more appropriate service for your needs i.e. the the Walk In Service based in Carfax NHS Medical Centre or your GP, Dentist or Pharmacy services.
If your condition is non urgent and you are unsure of the most appropriate service to meet your needs, you can contact NHS Direct who will be able to give you guidance.