The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

What we do

Our Emergency Departments in Leeds are here to care for you when you have a life-threatening injury or serious illness that has to be treated immediately. For example, if you have tight chest pain, severe breathing difficulties, or are concerned about a stroke, then dial 999. Emergency Departments are for emergency care.

Lots of people come to our Emergency Departments who don’t need emergency care. This causes overcrowding and long queues, and some people wait a long time before being seen. They could have been seen sooner by going somewhere more appropriate for the care they needed.

If you have a medical problem which needs urgent attention then please call NHS 111 who will arrange the best care for you, which might involve visiting an Urgent Treatment Centre or a Minor Injuries Unit. Call NHS 111 for urgent medical problems.

If you have a long-standing condition, or a new complaint that needs treating and you need medical advice, visit the NHS 111 website to find the right treatment for you. That might involve visiting your local pharmacy or arranging a call or face-to-face appointment with your GP.

Know where to go for the care you need before you need it - help us help you.

When should you dial 999?

Our Emergency Departments in Leeds are here to care for you when you have a life-threatening injury or serious illness that has to be treated immediately. Call 999 if you have:

  • signs of a heart attack - pain like a very tight band, heavy weight or squeezing in the centre of your chest
  • signs of a stroke - face dropping on one side, can’t hold both arms up, difficulty speaking
  • severe difficulty breathing - not being able to get words out, choking or gasping
  • heavy bleeding - that won’t stop
  • severe injuries - or deep cuts after a serious accident
  • seizure (fit) - someone is shaking or jerking because of a fit, or is unconscious (can’t be woken up)
  • sudden, rapid swelling - of the eyes, lips, mouth, throat or tongue

These are examples of medical problems that require emergency care. Emergency Departments are for emergency care

If you are unsure if you need to go to the Emergency Department, please contact NHS 111 who will direct you to a service that can help you.