Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:
If an ambulance is needed, call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the ambulance number throughout the European Union.
Major A&E departments offer access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although not all hospitals have an A&E department. At A&E a doctor or nurse will assess your condition and decide on further action.
If it is not an immediate emergency, call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide medical advice and advise you on the best local service to offer the care you need.
For illnesses that are not life-threatening you should first contact your GP surgery. Outside of normal surgery hours you can still phone your GP, but you will usually be directed to an out-of-hours service. The out-of-hours period is from 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on bank holidays. During out-of-hours periods you can also call NHS 111.
Useful Contact Numbers:
The Urgent Care Centre
Situated on the first floor of the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at New Cross Hospital.
The service is GP-led.
New Cross Hospital
Opening times: 24 hours a day
Find out more about the Urgent Care Centre (opens in a new window)
The Walk-in Centre
This is based at the Phoenix Health Centre. It is a nurse led service, therefore we do not have doctors on site. We offer on the spot treatment and advice for minor injuries, minor illnesses and ailments.
Phoenix Health Centre
Telephone 01902 444677
Minor Injury Unit at Cannock Chase Hospital
The MIU offers treatment and advice on minor health problems, minor illnesses, ailments and minor injuries. Patients can be treated on the spot, without an appointment.
Cannock Chase Hospital Brunswick Road
Telephone Switchboard 01902 307999
Find out more about the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at Cannock Chase Hospital
Emergency Dental Surgerys:
Wednesfield Dental Surgery:
74 Lichfield Road
Telephone 01902 731734
Blue Cross Dental Practice in Bilston:
96 Church Street
Telephone 01902 408216.
Penn Hospital – Crisis and Home Treatment Team:
Telephone: 01902 444 141.
The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.