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Emergency Care

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 Ambulance Service.

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 constant attention

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.