In an Emergency

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You should only go to the Emergency Department or call 999 when it’s a critical or life-threatening emergency.

Dialling 999 and stating an emergency situation will result in a response vehicle being sent to your location.

Emergency situations include:

  • Stroke
  • Overdose
  • Choking
  • Blacking out
  • Open wound blood loss
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • Anaphylaxis or severe allergic reactions
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Persistent severe chest pain.

You should expect to be discharged from hospital as soon as you are medically fit and that staying in hospital beyond this point is not in your interests. It reduces bed availability for patients who are ill and in need of a bed.


Your nearest Emergency Department can be found at:

Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ
Tel: 01223 245151 | www:

Hinchingbrooke Hospital
Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NT
Tel: 01480 416416 | www:

Peterborough City Hospital
Edith Cavell Campus, Bretton Gate, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 9GZ
Tel: 01733 678000 | www:

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 4ET
Tel: 01553 613613 | www:

All A&E departments are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week