Urgent and emergency care
Find out about the urgent and emergency services available and when you should use 111, 999 or A&E.
NHS 111 is the number to call when you have an urgent health need. The 111 number is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free to call from a landline and mobile phone.
When you call 111, you will speak to highly trained advisors who are supported by health and care professionals. They will ask you a number of questions to assess your need so that they can either give you advice or direct you to the local service that can help you best. This could be an out-of-hours doctor, urgent care centre or late opening pharmacy. The team at NHS 111 will, where possible, book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak to. If they think you need an ambulance, one will be sent just as quickly as if you had dialled 999.
You should call NHS 111 if you:
NHS 111 is not the right number to call if:
For further information about NHS 111, click here.
NHS 111 also provide a BSL service which is available from 8am to midnight every day. Using your computer and a webcam, you can make a call to a BSL interpreter. The interpreter telephones an NHS 111 adviser and relays your conversation with them.
There are a number of hospitals in the West Yorkshire area that provide emergency services, the main ones in our area are Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale Hospital which both have A&E departments.
An A&E department (also known as emergency department or casualty) deals with urgent and life-threatening emergencies, including:
Less severe injuries can be treated in urgent care centres or minor injuries units (MIUs), more information about what treatment MIUs can provide can be found here. A list of MIUs in the Bradford area can be found on the NHS Choices services finder.
If you are unsure of where to go for less severe injuries you can call NHS 111.
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More information about using emergency services can be found on the NHS Choices website.
You should call 999 when someone is seriously ill or injured and you believe that their life is at risk. If the situation is not life threatening but you do need help fast, please call NHS 111.
Ambulance crews are highly trained in all aspects of emergency care, from trauma to cardiac arrests. More information about calling 999 and ambulance services can be found on the NHS Choices website.