Emergency Department

The emergency department at The James Cook University Hospital  in Middlesbrough provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Emergency Department James CookThe James Cook University Hospital is a regional major trauma centre for the Northern region.

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.

Like other hospitals we have seen very high levels of people coming through our doors but we are doing everything we can try to deal with the increasing service pressures.

The James Cook University Hospital is a regional level 1 trauma centre as well as a supra-regional spinal injury centre.

The 24-hour service at James Cook includes:

Children's area emergency dept

  • Major trauma resuscitation – Level 1 trauma receiving unit supported by 24 hour CT
  • Major incident response
  • Full adult and paediatric resuscitation
  • Minor injury and illness assessment
  • Consultant led ‘see and treat’ assessment.
  • Decontamination facilities
  • Rapid access to diagnostics
  • Dedicated area for children and their families
  • 24/7 access to liaison psychiatry
  • Hospital Intervention Liaison Team – drug and alcohol support

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Clinics are held at James Cook,  the Friarage,  Redcar Primary Care Hospital.

Eye casualty

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Eye casualty at James Cook is open seven days a week and is staffed by ophthalmic nurse practitioners who deal with any eye emergency presenting in the eye outpatients department from:

  • 8am to 4pm – Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 12noon – weekends and bank holidays

Outside of these hours patients should present to A&E.

Patients should only attend the department if they have a true eye casualty complaint such as an acute injury, foreign body or acute loss of vision. For less serious or general eye complaints please visit a local optician.

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Children’s emergency department survey

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Choose the right NHS service and help ease the pressure on A&E

  • You should call the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
  • If your injury or illness is not serious you can go to an urgent treatment centre which could save you a long wait and will help staff in A&E concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions. Locally these include Redcar UTC and  Friarage UTC. Emergency dept
  • For urgent dental advice call 0300 123 1933.
  • Can’t get an appointment with your GP? Call NHS 111 to access South Tees Access Response (STAR) GP hubs on evenings and weekends.
  • Find you nearest urgent care centre – search by postcode on the NHS website

Related services

You may also be interested in these related services from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: