What is an Emergency?

Whatever the time of day, if you or someone else experiences the symptoms below and you feel it is serious and could be life threatening, so cannot wait, go to the nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department or call 999.

Symptoms include

  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting blood
  • Black stools
  • Breathlessness
  • Non-blanching rashes (the glass test)
  • Possible anaphylactic shock (swelling of mouth and throat)

Emergencies will be dealt with as a priority.


The nearest A&E department is at Ealing Hospital, however you can also use the NHS Choices search tool, to find the nearest A&E to you.

Paediatrics A&E

Please be aware that the Ealing Hospital A&E cannot treat children. The below hospitals have Paediatrics A&E:

Ophthalmology (Eye) A&E

There is a  24-hour eye accident and emergency service based on the ground floor of the Western Eye Hospital. This is the only service of its kind in west London exclusively providing emergency eye treatment for both adults and children. The department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Western Eye Hospital, Address: 153-173 Marylebone Road, London, Greater London, NW1 5QH

NHS 111 Urgent Care Services

You can call 111 if you need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation. Call 111 if:

  • You don’t have a GP to call out of hours
  • You need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.
  • You need health information or reassurance about what to do next