Orchard 2000 Medical Centre 

EMERGENCIES

What is an Emergency?

Life-threatening emergencies include loss of conciousness, an acute or confused state, fits that aren't stopping, chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that can't be stopped, severe allergic reactions, and severe burns or scalds. Call 999.

Call 999 immediately if you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke. Every second counts with these conditions. Also call 999 if you think someone has had a major trauma, such as a road traffic accident, a stabbing, a shooting, a fall from height or a serious head injury. Always use judgement and try to understand about emergencies before they occur. Meningitis is a serious condition where urgent treatment is of critical importance. Do not underestimate asthma attacks.

Call 999 for emergencies. If unsure or its less than an emergency, call 111 for advice and assistance.

EMERGENCY CARE

Please see the section "When to call 999"  for an understanding of what is a medical emergency.  Further information on some of those situations is included in the section below.

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When to call 999

NHS Guidance

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Heart Attack 

DIAL 999

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Stroke Action

DIAL 999

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Anaphylaxis

DIAL 999

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Conciousness 

DIAL 999

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Meningitis Action

A race against time.

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URGENT CARE

Urgent treatment centres are a facility that you can go to  if you need urgent medical attention, but its not a life-threatening situation.  Urgent treatment centres are GP-led and open for at least 12 hours a day- every day of the week.  You may be referred to an urgent treatment centre by NHS 111 service - or a GP.  You can also just turn up and walk in.  They are equipped to diagnose and treat many of the most common ailments that people go with to hospital A & E departments..

Mental Health Emergency

If a person's mental or emotional state quickly worsens, this can be treated as a mental health emergency or mental health crisis. In tjhis situation, it is important to get help as quickly as possible. Diall 111 to find out what help is available. If you feel a person is in immediate danger dial 999.