Emergency departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses.
Generally, you should only visit the Emergency Department or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
If an ambulance is needed, call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK.
Services at our hospitals
Please note: There are no Emergency Department services at Buckland Hospital, Kent & Canterbury Hospital or the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Buckland Hospital has a Minor Injuries Unit only
Kent & Canterbury has a Minor Injuries Unit and minor illnesses service
William Harvey Hospital has full Emergency Department services (Major and Minor illnesses)
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital has full Emergency Department services (Major and Minor illnesses)
Royal Victoria Hospital has a Minor Injuries Unit only (services provided by the Kent Community Health Trust)
Please use the tabs below to view further details about these services: