What is an emergency situation?
An emergency is a sudden injury or illness. It
is often obvious if somebody needs immediate emergency care. If you
are not sure if a situation is an emergency, you can call NHS
Direct on 0845 4647 for advice.
Sometimes the quickest way to help is to take
the person to the nearest Emergency Department. Often it is
possible to get there under your own steam. However, even if your
hospital is fairly close, you should dial 999 and ask for the
Don't move the patient if:
- They may have hurt their back or neck, or
have any other injury that may be made worse by moving them
- The person is in shock and needs your
Follow any instructions the ambulance service
call handler may give you.
Grazes, bruises and sprains are not normally
thought of as emergencies. They can be treated at home, by your GP
or in an NHS Walk-in Centre.
Emergency care at Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Emergency Teams at our Trust provide high
quality care and support for adults and children 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.