When it comes to your health or the health of someone in your family, it is often very obvious if the person is seriously ill and needs immediate emergency care. If you need emergency care you should go to the emergency department or call 999 for an ambulance.

An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation. This can include:

  • unconsciousness
  • a suspected stroke
  • heavy blood loss
  • a deep wound such as a stab wound
  • a suspected heart attack
  • difficulty in breathing
  • severe burns.

Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Find your local emergency centre

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Cheltenham General Hospital
Great Western Road
Sandford Road
GL53 7AN

You can use the NHS website to find other hospitals in your area. Also, you do not have to live in the area to visit an emergency department so if it is more convenient, you can access the emergency department in a surrounding county.