An emergency is a situation where a person is experiencing a loss of consciousness, heavy bleeding, suspected broken bones, chest pain, breathing difficulties, an overdose, has swallowed something harmful, poisoning or has a deep wound.
The Emergency Department can be very busy so before visiting please think:
- is this an emergency or accident?
- can I wait and see my GP?
- could another GP help me?
- would an alternative service be better and quicker?
The information on this website helps you to choose the right NHS service.
E.g. coughs, colds, sore throat, grazed knee
You can treat very minor injuries and illnesses at home. Some illnesses can be treated in your own home with support and advice from the services listed below when required.
It is good to be prepared with essential medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, plasters and a thermometer.
Please do not give aspirin to children under 16 as this can cause serious complications.
Unsure, confused or need help
NHS 111 is a free to call service which will help you when you need to access medical and dental help fast but it is not an emergency.
It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you access local urgent health care services.
Call 111 free from a landline or mobile. To access the NHS 111 service via textphone call 18001 111.
E.g. mild diarrhoea, mild skin irritation, mild fever
Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional and can suggest medicines and offer advice on common illnesses like cold symptoms (runny nose, cough or sore throat) and skin irritations, without the need for a GP appointment.
Most now have a quiet area where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately and many are open during the evenings and weekends.
Some pharmacies participate in the Minor Ailments Scheme which means that they can supply you with free medication without needing a prescription from your GP. To find your nearest pharmacy click here (link to pharmacy page)
E.g. high temperature, dehydration and things that aren’t getting any better
If you or your child has an illness or injury that won’t go away, make an appointment with your GP. They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.
For urgent GP out-of-hours calls just ring your GP’s normal number.
To find your local GP surgery opening times and out-of-hours service click here link to GP page.
NHS walk-in services
If you cannot get to see your GP and it’s not getting any better
Walk-in services treat minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to A&E.
Sheffield’s walk-in services are open 365 days a year. You do not need an appointment and will be seen by an experienced nurse or doctor.
Sheffield NHS Walk-in Centre (adults and children) for minor illnesses and ailments
Open 8am – 10pm. 365 days a year. No appointment.
Minor Injuries Unit
Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2SB
Open 8am - 8pm, 365 days per year. No appointment
A&E or 999
E.g. choking, severe bleeding, blacking out, severe abdominal pain, limb/facial paralysis
Accident and emergency departments and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a serious or life-threatening situation. A&E provides immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured. If you telephone 999 the telephone advisor may send a response vehicle to your location.
Emergency services are very busy. They should only be used in very serious or life-threatening situations.
Adults Accident and Emergency Department
Northern General Hospital
Sheffield S5 7AU
Open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital has an Accident and emergency department for children up to the age of 16.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital Emergency Department
Open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.