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

0300 234 5555
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Linton Health Centre
Coles Lane
Cambridge CB21 4JS

0300 234 5555
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Barley Surgery
High Street, Barley
Hertfordshire SG8 8HY

0300 234 5555
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Market Hill Surgery
Market Hill
Hertfordshire SG8 9JN

0300 234 5555
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Shelford Health Centre
Ashen Green
Great Shelford
Cambridge CB22 5FY

0300 234 5555
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