If your situation is life threatening please phone 999.
When it comes to your health or the health of someone in your family, it is often very obvious if the person is seriously ill and needs immediate emergency care. An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation. Please see NHS.uk for further information.
We have also prepared an emergency ambulance check-list.
Call 999 if you or someone has:
signs of a heart attack (pain like a very tight band, heavy weight or squeezing in the centre of your chest)
signs of a stroke (face drooping on one side, can’t hold both arms up, difficulty speaking)
severe difficulty breathing (including choking, gasping or sudden swelling of the mouth, tongue or throat)
a seizure or fit (shaking or jerking, or unconscious & can’t be woken up)
heavy bleeding (spraying, pouring or enough to make a puddle)
a serious accident, or severe injuries, burns or scalds
tried to end your life (by taking something or harming yourself)
Deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people can use 18000 to contact 999 using text relay or a textphone.
Your request will NOT be seen immediately, so call 111 if you don’t have an emergency but you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
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