Accidents, Emergencies, Urgent help
Everybody's view of a what constitures an accident or emergency, is different. This page helps you determine the best course of action.
- SAMC for urgent medical Poblems including minor injuries
Always call us first unless it is a serious accident or real emergency. When you get through to Reception tell us at the start of the conversation that you have a minor injury or another urgent problem. Our doctors and nurses can deal with minor injuries between 08:00–18:30 (weekdays only).
- lacerations that need glueing or suturing (stitches)
- removal of 'foreign bodies'
- burns or scalds
- wound dressings
- assessment of limb injuries sprains etc and if X-ray needed we can refer straight to x-ray and bypass A&E
- Other local minor injuries units are options at other times, or out of surgery hours you'll be redirected to GPs on call who are often better at dealing with your primary care problems.
- Local Pharmacies - pharmacists are fully qualified to advise on a range of ailments and concerns.
Accidents & real Emergencies
- Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury is the nearest A&E to SAMC)
It does exactly what it says on its sign: deals ONLY with Accidents & Emergencies. If you go to A&E when you should have come here - they contact us to ask us why and we have to follow up with you!
PLEASE ONLY go to A&E for real Accidents and real Emergencies.
Attendance costs the NHS up to around £150 (even if you don't wait for assessment) - thousands if you stay overnight. You'd see a junior doctor without access to your medical records.
Heart attack never ignore:
- Chest pain - like a heaviness, or band-like across the chest
- Jaw pain
- Tingling in your left arm or high in the back
- DIAL 999 – delay can mean long term heart problems
Stroke: act F.A.S.T.
If you see any 1 of these symptoms:
Has their FACE fallen on one side, can they smile?
Can they raise both ARMS and keep them there?
Is their SPEECH slurred?
TIME to call 999
Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect meningitis. Early antibiotics increases the chance of full recovery.
- neck stiffness
- inability to tolerate light associated with a fever
- confusion or altered consciousness
- Children often exhibit non-specific symptoms: irritability & drowsiness and non-blanching rash.
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes covering the spinal cord. In certain circumstances this can be life-threatening, causing permanent disability; therefore the condition is treated as a medical emergency.