A&E is for life-threatening emergencies
Unless your condition is life threatening, please don’t just turn up or walk in the emergency department (A&E) or urgent care services. Please think pharmacist, GP or 111 first. In an emergency, always call 999.
The accident and emergency (A&E) department at The James Cook University Hospital deals with genuine life-threatening emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This includes:
loss of consciousness
acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
severe allergic reactions
severe burns or scalds
major trauma such as a road traffic accident
Minor illness or injury?
Minor injuries and minor illnesses should be treated at our urgent treatment centres.
Major trauma network
We provide the regional major trauma centre for Durham, East Cleveland, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire and are one of only a few UK hospitals that can receive helicopters day or night.
The hospital is part of a network of major trauma centres across the country ensuring patients with serious and life-threatening injuries are treated quickly in a specialist hospital where expert staff are available round the clock.
Our trauma team is made up of doctors and nurses from emergency medicine, anaesthetics, orthopaedics, surgery, intensive care and radiology.
The team has immediate access to specialists in paediatrics, plastics, vascular, maxillofacial, cardiothoracic and neurosurgery.
If you have a serious injury the air ambulance can bypass other hospitals and bring you straight here. Our trauma team will be ready and waiting.
Whether it’s an injury to head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, face, spine, bones, soft tissues, whether adult or child, all our specialties are here on one site.
James Cook is a regional level 1 trauma centre as well as a supra-regional spinal injury centre.
#DoYourBit – choose the right NHS service
Do your bit and help protect the NHS so we can provide emergency care for those who really need it.
- If your need is not life threatening, please do not come into A&E without first seeking advice from NHS 111, a pharmacist or your GP.
- For minor illnesses or minor injuries go to your nearest urgent treatment centre. Our urgent treatment centres are located at Redcar Hospital and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
- For urgent dental advice call 0300 123 1933.
- Can’t get an urgent appointment with your South Tees GP? Ask them to make you an evening or weekend appointment with South Tees Access Response (STAR) GP hubs or call 111.
Not sure what to do?
NHS 111 can help if you need urgent medical help or you are not sure what to do.
They will ask questions about your symptoms so you get the help you need.
If you need to go to the emergency department or an urgent treatment centre, NHS 111 can book you an arrival time where appropriate so you spend less time waiting.Get help from 111.nhs.uk