When to use A&E services

Examples of when it is right and appropriate to attend A&E without delay are:

  • Major injuries such as injuries from road traffic accidents
  • Falls from a considerable height
  • Major Head injuries
  • Collapse
  • Severe chest pain
  • Severe haemorrhage
  • Poisoning
  • Extensive burns
  • Severe breathing difficulty

When not to use A&E Services

These conditions can generally be safely managed by your GP, Practice Nurse and in some cases the individual themselves.

  • Flu-like illnesses, coughs, earache, back ache
  • Minor breathlessness or wheezing
  • Abdominal pain (unless extreme or associated with collapse)
  • Urinary difficulties (unless completely unable to pass water)
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Social problems
  • Vaginal bleeding (unless very heavy and associated with faintness)
  • Rashes (unless it appears like spontaneous bleeding under the skin or the person appears very unwell)
  • Simple bites and stings
  • Backache
  • Emergency contraception
  • Dental problems (except major trauma)

Minor injury treatment

We are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and are able to treat most minor injuries which may save you a trip to A&E.

We can deal with the following minor injuries at the medical centre:

Cuts and Lacerations
Minor Dislocations
Foreign Bodies
Minor Head Injury
Minor Trauma to Body including hands/limbs/feet
Eye Injury
Burns and Scalds
Whiplash/RTA injuries

Sawston Medical Centre
London Road
Cambridge CB22 3HU

01223 727555

Linton Health Centre
Coles Lane
Cambridge CB21 4JS

01223 892555

Barley Surgery
High Street, Barley
Hertfordshire SG8 8HY

01763 848244

Market Hill Surgery
Market Hill
Hertfordshire SG8 9JN

01763 848244

Shelford Medical Practice
Ashen Green
Great Shelford
Cambridge CB22 5FY

01223 843661