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When it's not life-threatening

Find out more about alternative healthcare services you can access when your situation, symptoms or condition is not critical or life-threatening.

Accident and Emergency (A&E)

If you experience severe breathing difficulties, loss of blood, suspected broken bones or any other serious trauma, you are advised to go to an A&E department.

Please note there is no longer an A&E department at Rochdale Infirmary. The nearest A&E departments are at Fairfield General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital. 

These A&E departments are all managed by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT). More information is available on the PAHT website

A&E departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance. The paramedics will transport you to the most appropriate hospital dependent upon your condition and needs.

Minor emergency care

If it's not a life-threatening emergency but you need immediate medical care or advice you can visit the Rochdale Urgent Care Centre (UCC). 

The centre is run by a team of experienced nurses, nurse practitioners and GPs who can treat illnesses, injuries and ailments that don't require an A&E department but can't wait for a GP or on-call doctor's appointment.

The UCC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is located at Rochdale Infirmary.

If you attend the UCC with a more serious problem you will be transferred to a local A&E department. All emergency cases involving severe injury or illness, or those requiring a 999 emergency ambulance, such as patients who have had a heart attack or stroke, will be taken to a local A&E department or to another specialist hospital.

You can also call NHS 111 if you need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency. 

Emergency dental treatment

The Dental Access Centre in Rochdale provides emergency dental treatment to patients who are in acute pain. Patients need to make an appointment by telephoning the centre on the number below. If you go to the centre without an appointment you will not be treated.

Dental Access Centre
90 Whitehall Street
OL12 0ND
Tel: 01706 676367

For emergency treatment after 6pm on weekdays or anytime at the weekend or on bank holidays, please contact the local out of hours service on 0161 763 4242. You will be assessed over the phone, prioritised according to need and offered an appointment if necessary at a specific time and place.

Full details about the service are available here.

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