Our Emergency Departments are also often referred to as Accident & Emergency (A&E).
They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone seeking treatment for an urgent problem caused by an accident or illness. You should be aware that our Emergency Departments can be very busy, in the last year we saw over 119,000 patients.
The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN37 7RD
Tel: (01424) 755255
Eastbourne District General Hospital
Kings Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 2UD
Tel: (01323) 417400
Appropriate conditions to use an Emergency department:
- Chest pains and heart attacks.
- Major trauma such as road traffic accidents.
- Breathing problems such as shortness of breath and chronic diseases such as asthma and emphysema.
- Unconsciousness / reduced consciousness.
- Abdominal pain or injuries.
- All electrical burns.
- Pregnant women.
- Babies and all children under two years.
- People with mental health problems (eg severe depression).
People who use emergency services for minor problems may prevent others with emergencies from getting immediate care. If you attend an Emergency Department and your condition is not an emergency, you may be advised to contact your own family doctor or GP.
If you are not sure what to do, phone NHS '111'
NHS 111 is a new service that's being introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.
Please consider whether your family doctor can help you before making your journey to an emergency department.
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Eastern Road, Brighton
Tel: (01273) 696955