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Accident and Emergency

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Accident and Emergency Services

Emergency Departments provide care for seriously ill or injured patients.

Serious means an illness or injury which could be life threatening. This can include conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, fits, asthma attacks, head, neck and spinal injuries, major bone injuries, road traffic accidents. For children and the elderly this can also include breathing difficulties, or any situation where you are concerned about serious illness.

The Trust has A&E departments at two of our hospital sites - University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Find out more about our clinical services.


Urgent Care Services

These services are provided through six urgent care centres across County Durham and Darlington.

Typically, Urgent Care Centres deal with conditions such as chest infections, urine infections, suspected eye infections, fevers, cuts, sprains and strains, hand, foot and wrist fractures, and allergic reactions.

The following Urgent Care Centres are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week:


When it's less urgent than 999 - call 111

If you need help fast but don't think it's a 999 emergency, you can call NHS 111.
NHS 111 is a new telephone service introduced to help make it easier for you to access local health services. If you live in County Durham and Darlington, you can now call 111 when you need help fast, but it isn't a 999 emergency.

You can ring 111, 365 days a year, to reach a full range of local health services, including out of hours doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free - just like 999.

Call 111 Information Leaflet

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Service Delivery

When it's less urgent than 999 - call 111

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