Accident and Emergency

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A face mask or face covering must be worn in the hospital at all times.


Our Emergency Departments (EDs) at Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the treatment of serious and potentially life threatening conditions. These include:

  • 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.

If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you don’t need immediate medical attention, please consider other options before dialling 999 or coming to the Emergency Department.

Choosing the most appropriate place for care allows ambulance and ED staff to concentrate on people whose lives are at risk, and can potentially save you a long wait.

Watch this short video about what to expect when you visit either of our Emergency Departments during the covid-19 pandemic

Alternatives to the Emergency Department

If you think you may need to go to the emergency department but you’re not sure you can seek help and advice from a number of other places, such as:

  • your GP
  • your local pharmacist
  • you dentist
  • 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.
    • King Street Health Centre, King Street, Wakefield, WF1 2SN. Telephone 0845 121 1023. Open from 10am to 10pm, Monday - Saturday and 10am to 7:30pm on Sundays.
    • 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.

You can also visit our Urgent Treatment Centre at Pontefract Hospital. Click here to see what can be treated there.

Graphic detailing the alternatives to A+E

What happens when I visit the Emergency Department?

Please be aware we prioritise the treatment of our patients according to the seriousness of their condition so you may see people who arrived after you being treated before you.

Who will I see?

Patients will have an initial assessment as soon as possible after arrival – this is usually by a nurse.

Following that initial assessment, tests, further assessment by a doctor or specialist nurse, and/or treatment may be advised. Some patients may require admission to hospital – this could be either at Wakefield or Dewsbury according to the patient’s condition. A few patients may need specialist care elsewhere.

A&E Waiting Times

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  1. Dewsbury

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    1. Current longest waiting time to see a doctor

      2 Hour 49 minutes

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  2. Pinderfields

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    1. Current longest waiting time to see a doctor

      5 Hour 15 minutes

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  3. Pontefract

    Last updated:

    1. Current longest waiting time to see a doctor

      3 Hour 41 minutes

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