Only use A&E if it is an absolute emergency

The Emergency Department (A&E) is currently very busy at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Whilst there are some people that genuinely need to be there as they are very unwell, there is a high proportion of people attending that should have gone elsewhere for treatment.

You should only attend A&E if it is an absolute emergency or you have been told to go there for care and treatment by a health and care professional.

A wide variety of services exist in Doncaster which means that even if you can’t get an appointment with your local practice, GP or nurse, you can seek treatment elsewhere without going to A&E, which for many, isn’t the right place to go.

Our primary care campaign web page includes a useful list of services that are available – some round the clock – so no matter what time of day, you can always seek help, advice or treatment for minor and non urgent issues:

  • NHS 111 – if you’re unsure, call NHS 111 – they have trained experts that can advise you where to go. If you need an urgent repeat prescription, they can also liaise with a local pharmacy to access medication
  • Your local pharmacist can treat common ailments and illnesses – they’re on your doorstep and some open 24 hours a day
  • The Doncaster Same Day Health Centre – open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week
  • The GP Out of Hours service – available from 6pm to 8am every day
  • The Minor Injuries Unit at Mexborough – open daily from 8am to 8pm

So please remember, A&E should only ever be used in an emergency – saving you and others time.