Accident and Emergency
Please click the links below for information on our accident and emergency/emergency department.
Our hospital Emergency/Accident and Emergency Departments (ED or A&E) are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone seeking healthcare for an urgent or serious condition or injury.
We aim to see all patients within four hours of arriving in the ED/A&E however priority is given to those with more urgent conditions, who will need to be seen before patients with longer-standing or less serious conditions. If your condition is not serious you may wait longer than 4 hours.
You can help yourself, and others, by always ensuring that you use our emergency services appropriately. The national Choose Well campaign has been designed to help you decide which path of care you should take if you are unsure. Please visit the Choose Well website to find out what alternative emergency services are provided in your area: www.choosewell.org.uk/
All three of our hospitals have modern EDs/A&Es:
Dewsbury and District Hospital
Dewsbury and District Hospital ED/ A&E is located in the Ridings Building.
- The Emergency Department also houses the Kirklees Walk-in centre run by Locala. Open from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Nurse practitioners and paramedic practitioners are available to diagnose and treat minor illnesses and injuries. They do not see patients under the age of one or patients with pregnancy related illnesses. Visit Locala for more information.
Pinderfields ED/A&E is located in the main hospital building and is signposted from the Aberford Road entrance to the site.
At Pinderfields ED/A&E, we expect to see more than 250 patients every day. It is located close to the Acute Assessment Unit where specialists carry out more detailed tests. Here they assess and treat patients and make the decision to discharge them appropriately or admit them to hospital for inpatient care at Pinderfields or Dewsbury Hospitals.
Pinderfields also has a Children’s ED/ A&E and Children’s Assessment Facility. This provides a dedicated service, where children are cared for separately from adults, to receive the highest level of emergency care.
Pontefract A&E/Emergency Department is located in the main hospital building with the entrance on Friarwood Lane.
Patients who need to be in hospital for longer than 24 hours will be cared for at Pinderfields or Dewsbury Hospitals.
The new A&E/ED also includes an Assessment Service that children can be referred to, which is open from 9am to 9pm, Mondays to Fridays. At all other times, if a child is seriously ill or injured and needs emergency care, either take them directly to the A&E/ED or dial 999 for an ambulance to be taken directly to the dedicated Children’s A&E/ED at Pinderfields.
Both Pinderfields and Pontefract ED/A&E have new monitoring and scanning equipment, ? PGI and CT facilities providing quicker access to the best diagnostic and treatment services for patients. The departments are located next to other key facilities to allow rapid access to important diagnostic services, which is essential in saving lives in critical cases. They also have bigger, brighter cubicle areas to provide more space and privacy for patients.
People are urged to go to their local A&E department or dial 999 only in critical or life-threatening situations. For example:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state
- fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds.
In the case of suspected heart attack or stroke call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.
It is not usually appropriate to come to an ED/A&E to seek a ‘second opinion’ about a condition for which you have already seen a different Doctor. The ED/A&E is not to be used in place of a GP outside of routine surgery hours.
Patients are assessed on arrival and given a priority, so if you are not in need of urgent treatment, you may be allocated a low priority and need to wait some time before you are able to see a Doctor.
In a true emergency, you should dial 999 for an ambulance. Please do not phone A&E/EDs and ask them to send an ambulance out to you; we are not able to do this.
If it is safe and appropriate to make your own way to the hospital, then you should do so. There are a limited number of ambulances operating at any one time in any given area of the country, and the more that are tied up tending to 'false alarms', the fewer there are available to deal with true, life-threatening emergencies.
Please note that if you arrive by ambulance, you will not necessarily be sent home by ambulance, in the event that you are well enough to be discharged.
Please see our hospital site maps to find out where the nearest car parks are and the entrance to our EDs/A&E.
Pinderfields Hospital site map
Pontefract Hospital site map
Our A&E/EDs are for people with a serious condition or injury. People with minor health problems can get quicker access to healthcare close to home if they consider the alternatives, including:
- Your GP
- Your local pharmacist
- NHS 111 service - if you need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency. You will be assessed, given advice and directed straightaway to the local service that can help you best. Calls to NHS 111 are free from landlines and mobile phones.
- NHS walk-in centre - find your nearest walk-in centre here.
- Walk-in Centre, King Street Health Centre, King Street, Wakefield, WF1 2SN. Telephone 0845 121 1023. Open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
- Locala Walk-in Centre based in Dewsbury A&E department. 01924 542695. Open from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Nurse practitioners and paramedic practitioners are available to diagnose and treat minor illnesses and injuries. They do not see patients under the age of one or patients with pregnancy related illnesses. Visit Locala for more information.