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Emergency & Urgent Care Services

Urgent and emergency care services treat a wide range of conditions from the immediately life threatening to conditions that require treatment on that day.  A range of different types of services exist.

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If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 999 for an ambulance response.

The Emergency Department is used to treat people with serious injuries and those in need of emergency, and potentially life-saving, treatment. The department is sometimes referred to as ‘casualty’ or A&E. The Emergency Department can get very busy and you may have to wait a long time to be seen if you are not a real emergency.

Blackburn Emergency Department
Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road
Blackburn BB2 3HH

Telephone: 01254 263555
Website: http://www.elht.nhs.uk/hospitals-and-trust-locations/royal-blackburn-hospital.htm 

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When your regular GP surgery is closed, and you are too ill to wait for it to re-open, you can access help and support from the ‘GP Out of Hours’ service. To contact the ‘GP Out of Hours’ service, phone free on 111.

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A Minor Injuries Unit  provides treatment for patients with common injuries, such as scalds, burns, cuts, stings, bites, and suspected broken bones, which although not life-threatening do still need urgent medical treatment. 

They DO NOT provide treatment for patients with dental problems, breathing difficulties, chest pain, coughs and colds, headaches, urine infections, rashes, stomach and bowel problems or other general illnesses.  Nor do they provide treatment for patients unable to get a GP appointment or needing a repeat prescription.

In East Lancashire there are two Minor Injuries Units:

Accrington Minor Injuries Unit Accrington
Victoria Community Hospital Haywood Road
Accrington BB5 6AS
Open 7 days a week from 8am until 8.30pm

Rossendale Minor Injuries Unit
Rossendale Primary Health Care Centre
Bacup Road
Rawtenstall BB4 7PL
Open 7 days a week from 8am until 8pm

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An Urgent Care Centre provides treatment for any illnesses or injuries which aren’t life threatening, but still need treating quickly such as:

  • minor head injuries
  • suspected broken bones and fractures
  • sprains
  • cuts and scrapes
  • bites
  • eye problems
  • rising temperatures.

You don't need a referral from your GP to access the service, you can just drop in. However, this service is not for General Practice problems where treatment can wait until drop in surgeries are next open or an appointment time is available.

Blackburn Urgent Care Centre
Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road
Blackburn BB2 3HH

Burnley Urgent Care Centre
Burnley General Hospital
Casterton Avenue
Burnley BB10 2PQ

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