Emergency Care

Every year our Emergency Services (Accident and Emergency at the Northern General Hospital, Minor Injuries at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Emergency Eye Clinic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital) provide care for over 140,000 people. This means that on any one day there will be more than 380 patients who require treatment for both severe and less serious illness or injury. 

We try to ensure all patients wait as short a time as possible to be seen by our specialist teams and the majority of people are seen within a maximum of 4 hours. Most patients are seen more quickly than this. If they have a life threatening injury or illness they are given priority and seen immediately.

On rare occasions, due to the high number of patients attending the A&E department or because there has been a significant number of severe cases, some patients with minor illness or injury may wait longer than we would normally expect. When this happens we will try to keep patients informed of how long they can expect to wait or offer an alternative place where they can receive appropriate treatment. For details of alternatives to the Accident and Emergency Department or to check if you need emergency care click here (link to Choose well page)

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Accident & Emergency departments in Sheffield

Accident & Emergency departments in Sheffield

Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU


Sheffield Children's Hospital
Western Bank
South Yorkshire
S10 2TH

Other nearby Accident & Emergency departments:

Rotherham Hospital, Moorgate Road, Rotherham S60 2UD

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Calow, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5BL

Eye emergencies

An emergency eye care service is available at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital for adults only.

Opening times:
Mon - Fri: 8.15am - 4.30pm

Tel: 0114 271 2495

Children requiring emergency eye treatment should instead be taken to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Emergency Department which is fully equipped to deal with children with eye problems.

Urgent dental care

If you need urgent dental treatment ring the Urgent Dental Care line on 0844 736 8440. The Urgent Dental Care line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for both adults and children.

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