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Accident & Emergency

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 emergency care. You should get medical attention by either taking the patient to Accident and Emergency (A & E) or telephoning for help on 999.

What is an Emergency?

An emergency is a critical or life threatening situation – and to help decide what a critical situation is does involve some of the following examples:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Heavy blood loss
  • Suspected broken bones
  • A deep wound such as a stab wound or cut
  • A suspected heart attack
  • A baby with a very high temperature
  • Difficulty in breathing

There a few things to remember in an emergency; these will help you deal with the situation quickly and efficiently:

  • Stay calm
  • Do everything you can to help the person, but do not put yourself in danger
  • Do not give the person anything to eat, drink or smoke
  • Do not put anything in the person's mouth


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