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Man getting blood pressure tested by nurse
Man getting blood pressure tested by nurse

Medical emergencies

Emergency medical treatment can be obtained at the Emergency Department (A&E) of the John Radcliffe Hospital. Even if you are not registered with the NHS, you will always be seen in an emergency. If you are concerned about meningitis or other infectious diseases, see the Important vaccinations advice. If your illness or injury is non-urgent, please see Health Services for the range of support available to you. 

Life-threatening conditions

If you or someone else is experiencing the following symptoms, call 999 immediately.

  • Suspected heart attack or stroke
  • Chest pain
  • Unconsciousness
  • Heavy blood loss
  • Suspected broken bones
  • Deep wounds such as stab wounds
  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Head injuries

NHS 111 urgent health advice service

If you are unsure whether you should visit the Emergency Department (A&E), or if you are experiencing an illness and injury in the evening or at the weekend, call NHS 111 for 24/7 urgent health advice.

GP Out-of-Hours Service

If it is not an emergency, but you need urgent medical advice (or think you need to see a doctor urgently) out of working hours, you should ring 111. You will be assessed over the telephone and following the assessment, a local GP will telephone you back, usually within an hour. If you need to be seen, you will be advised to attend the Out-of-Hours Centre at Manzil Way (off Cowley Road).

Minor Injuries Units

If you have a non-life threatening injury, Minor Injuries Units (MIU) can provide care for deep cuts, broken bones, severe sprains, minor head injuries, minor burns and scalds. You may get seen quicker at an MIU then A&E, where emergency cases will be prioritised over minor injuries. The nearest MIU is at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Advice and health information is also available at NHS Choices

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