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Emergency Department

The Emergency Department (also known as A&E or casualty) is for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries and offers access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Our Emergency Department is located at Macclesfield District General Hospital.

You should attend if you have any of the following:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds
  • stroke
  • major trauma such as a road traffic accident
If you are not sure where to go, call NHS 111 for advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is free to call from landlines and mobiles.


Before going to our Emergency Department, think about whether you should visit or could you be seen by a different healthcare professional.  The Emergency Department is not an alternative to a GP appointment.

If your GP is closed you can go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111, which will direct you to the best local service.