You should go to A&E only if you or someone you’re with has a life-threatening emergency, such as:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
If you need an ambulance, call 999 at any time of day or night.
Walk-in centres and minor injury units treat most injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life-threatening.
The walk-in centres and minor injury units across London – also known as urgent treatment centres – treat most injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life-threatening, for example sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.
Many of the centres are open every day 8am to 10pm and most strive to see, treat and discharge patients within two hours of arrival. Patients are treated in order of clinical need.
Find your nearest open walk-in centre or minor injury unit in the map below:
Remember: Hospital emergency departments are for patients requiring emergency care for serious and life-threatening conditions. Please use the emergency department services carefully so it can best support those who need it most – people with chest pain or blood loss, or who are blacking out or choking.
Conditions that can be treated at an urgent treatment centre include:
- sprains and strains
- suspected broken limbs
- minor head injuries
- cuts and grazes
- bites and stings
- minor scalds and burns
- ear and throat infections
- skin infections and rashes
- eye problems
- coughs and colds
- feverish illness in adults
- feverish illness in children
- abdominal pain
- vomiting and diarrhoea
- emergency contraception