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Where should I go? Emergency Care, Urgent Care, Out of Hours Services

Updated on 21st November 2012 at 5:32 pm


Accident & emergency, Walk-in services and 999 services

Please only dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident & Emergency if the illness or injury is life threatening or can’t wait. Unless you need urgent medical attention it is best to avoid A&E as it keeps the service free for those with critical injuries and illnesses.

You should dial 999 immediately if you or someone else is seriously ill, for example if someone:

  • Has had a major accident
  • Has problems with breathing
  • Has severe chest pains
  • Is unconscious
  • Has lost a lot of blood

People who become seriously ill or injured will be cared for at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, where they will be seen very quickly by a specialist. People with less serious conditions who need urgent care will continue to be treated at 24 hour walk-in services at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals.

Northumberland Specialist Emergency Care Hospital – NSECH – 0344 811 8111 Northumbria Way, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 6NZ

Where should I go?

Your local Walk-in Services are based at the following hospitals.

North Tyneside General Hospital – 0344 811 8111                                Rake Lane, North Shields, NE29 8NH

Hexham General Hospital – 0344 811 8111                                             Corbridge Road, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1QJ

Wansbeck General Hospital – 0344 811 8111                                        Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9JJ

Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) – 0191 2336161              Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP