A&E and 999

Accident and Emergency (A&E) and 999 are for serious and life-threatening emergencies only.

You should travel to A&E yourself if you can. But if someone is too ill, for example if they have collapsed or can’t breathe, dial 999 for an ambulance.

A&E is for serious and 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;
  • severe allergic reactions;
  • severe burns or scalds.

At A&E, the most seriously ill patients will be seen before those with less urgent conditions.

This means that if you attend with a minor injury or illness you may have to wait for several hours for treatment. You might also be redirected, for example, to a GP, walk-in centre or a minor injuries unit.

If you’re not sure whether it’s an emergency, dial 111 first to make sure you are referred to the most appropriate service.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) provide 24 hour A&E departments at Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and A&E at Grantham and District Hospital from 8am-6.30pm.