Medical Emergencies

A medical emergency is an acute injury or illness that poses an immediate threat to a patient's life or long-term health.

Some of these emergencies, such as cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, cannot be handled by the patient on their own and require professional medical assistance. Allergic reactions, broken bones and severe pain can also indicate a medical emergency.

Do not avoid seeking medical care if you or someone near you is experiencing:

  • Sudden, unexplained arm or jaw pain
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Broken bones
  • Severe diarrhoea
  • Deep wound
  • Drooping on the side of the body
  • Electric shock
  • Head injury
  • Heavy bleeding
  • High fever
  • Loss of speech ability
  • Seizures
  • Severe burn
  • Severe pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting blood

We are well equipped to handle medical emergencies. Equipment includes an AED (automatic external defibrillator), suction, laryngoscope and ET tubes. We also insert drips or IV infusions when a patient is dehydrated or needs medication delivered via a drip, for example, Iron or Bisphosphonates (for osteoporosis). We can also apply casts or backslabs for uncomplicated fractures. Oxygen is available, and we use this for nebulisation or when indicated.


1When should you see a doctor?
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, seek medical attention right away.
2Should you go to the hospital?
Generally, you should go to the emergency department if you have suffered an injury or are experiencing troubling symptoms. However, if you visit the practice, we will assist you to the best of our ability.
3How do you contact us in an emergency?
The office number is 0218562504 and will be available during working hours. If an emergency occurs outside of working hours, it will be best to contact ambulance or go to the emergency room.