Emergencies

Should I call for an Ambulance? - RING 999 for an Ambulance if you answer YES To any of the questions below:

Severe Chest Pain

  • Is the patient unconscious?
  • Has the patient got a history of heart problems?
  • Is the pain a crushing pain like a band around the chest?
  • Is the pain moving into the jaw or arms?
  • Does the patient feel sick?
  • Is the patient sweating or clammy?
  • Is the patient having breathing difficulties?

Unconscious

  • Is the patient unconscious?

Semi-Conscious (or ‘floppy’ baby or child)

  • Is the patient semi-conscious or floppy with any other of the following symptoms
  • Difficult to wake? Stiff neck? Severe headache? Child with a high pitched whimpering cry? Purple or blood coloured rash? Photo-phobic?
  • Is the patient a diabetic? Is the patient having breathing difficulties?
  • Is the patient having chest pains?
  • Has the patient got a history of heart problems?

Overdose and Semi-Conscious

  • Is the patient unconscious or very drowsy?
  • Is the patient having breathing difficulties?

Overdose and Fully Conscious

  • Is the patient having breathing difficulties
  • Is the patient a danger to himself?
  • Is the patient a danger to others?

Severe Breathlessness Or Collapse

  • Is the patient unconscious?
  • Is the patient blue around the lips?
  • Has the patient inhaled anything or choked on anything?
  • Has the patient got chest pains?
  • Is the patient unable to speak in sentences?
  • Has the patient ever had a severe allergic reaction?

Severe Bleeding And Collapse

  • Is the patient unconscious?
  • Is the patient semi-conscious?
  • Is the patient having breathing difficulties?
  • Has the patient received a crushing or penetrating injury to head, neck, chest, abdo or thigh?
  • Is the bleeding uncontrollable?

Serious Head Injury / R.T.A.

  • Is the patient unconscious?
  • Is the patient having breathing difficulties?
  • Is the patient fitting?
  • Has the patient received a crushing or penetrating injury to head, neck, chest, abdo or thigh?

Epilepsy / Fitting

  • Is the patient still fitting? Is this the patient’s first fit?
  • Has the patient received a serious injury to the head?

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