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Accident and Emergency (Emergency Department)

There are two A&E departments in Somerset, one in Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and one in Yeovil District Hospital, their websites are listed below:

Our Emergency Departments are both open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone seeking treatment for an urgent problem caused by an accident or illness. You should be aware that our Emergency Department can be very busy.

Examples of conditions appropriate for treatment in an Emergency Department are:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden onset weakness or speech difficulties
  • Major trauma such as road traffic accidents
  • Severe or sudden onset shortness of breath
  • Unconsciousness / reduced consciousness
  • Severe abdominal pain or injuries
  • Recent minor injuries

People who use emergency services for minor problems may prevent others with emergencies from getting immediate care. If you attend an Emergency Department/A&E and your condition is not an emergency, you may be advised to contact your own family doctor or GP. See guidance on when to visit an A and E department

If you need urgent medical health but it’s not a life threatening emergency, ring or visit NHS 111 who will direct you to the service you need.

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