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Accident and Emergency

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 at Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham.    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.

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Call 111 Information Leaflet

Urgent Care Changes in DDES from April 1st 2017

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital