The Emergency Department (often known as A&E) is for serious, life-threatening injuries and illnesses that need urgent medical attention - other conditions can be treated elsewhere.
Serious life-threatening injuries and illnesses means things like:
Please think before you dial 999
The ambulance service is for emergencies and life-threatening situations only. If you are suffering an emergency such as a heart attack, severe loss of blood, difficulty breathing or if you have been involved in a serious accident dial 999 immediately.
Remember... if ambulance crews are called out to those people suffering from minor illnesses they cannot get to those people who really do need their help.