Emergency Department / A&E
If have an urgent need to see a GP or nurse, but your illness or injury is not life-threatening, please call or visit the Urgent Care Centre.
In an emergency
As a first port of call for medical advice we would advise patients consult their own General Practitioner - they will be able to arrange appointments or direct you to the appropriate place for treatment. Out-of-hours the GP surgery should have an answer phone directing patients to the out of hours GP service covering your area, who again can provide advice, review or redirection as appropriate.
There are no on-site dental services at the RUH; please contact your own dentist for advice regarding services. Your dentist's answer phone should direct you to the appropriate out of hours cover.
All patients, whether registered with a GP or not, can obtain 24-hour medical advice by calling 111 or by visiting the NHS 111 page on the NHS Choices website. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year*.
Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
*The NHS 111 service is now available across England, with the exception of Cornwall, the Scilly Isles, Luton and Bedfordshire. In these areas the 24-hour NHS Direct service still operates on 0845 46 47
For people with learning disabilities:
Going to the Emergency Department - Easy Read
RUH Accident & Emergency (A & E)The RUH Emergency Department is a 24-hour, seven day a week walk-in service. This means you do not need to book an appointment.
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Suspected Stroke? Act F.A.S.T. Click here to check the symptoms. If you suspect a stroke, call 999.
Suspected Stroke? Act F.A.S.T. A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. So recognising the signs of stroke and calling 999 for an ambulance is crucial.
F – FACE: Has the person’s face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
A – ARMS: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
S – SPEECH: Is the person’s speech slurred?
T – TIME: Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.