There are lots of choices and places for treatment in Plymouth. The most important thing is that you get the care you need, as quickly as possible. If you are not sure if it is an emergency, you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice on what to do.
NHS Direct for free and expert health advice, information and reassurance. Call 0845 46 47 or go on line at: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Derriford Hospital, Emergency Department
An Emergency Department is located at Derriford Hospital and is open 24hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone seeking healthcare for an urgent medical problem related to an accident or illness. It is a walk-in service so you do not need an appointment.
The Emergency Department can be very busy and should be used only by those patients seeking emergency medical attention. It should not be used instead of your GP, as many more minor or older problems are better treated by your own doctor.
If you need help to get someone to hospital in an emergency, telephone 999 and ask for an ambulance. Follow any instructions the ambulance service call handler may give you.
Emergency Eye Care
Anyone needing emergency eye care or treating someone who does (doctors or opticians) should call the Telephone Triage Number 01752 439330 or 01752 439331 which is covered 24 hours per day.
Advice will then be given and, if necessary, the patient will be told where and where to attend.
Minor Injury Unit
In Plymouth the Minor Injury Unit is open to anybody, know matter where they live. It is open everyday of the year from 8.30am to 9pm – including all Bank Holidays - with x-ray facility when required.
The Minor Injury Unit is located at the Cumberland Centre in Devonport across from Plymouth Albion Rugby Club. For those who want to find it using sat nav the postcode is PL1 4JZ. It is easily accessible from the Torpoint Ferry making it an easy location those in South East Cornwall.
The Minor Injury Unit can treat a wide variety of problems including:
• cuts and grazes,
• sprains and strains
• broken bones (fractures)
• bites and stings (including human bites)
• infected wounds
• minor head injuries
If you would like to call them for more information you can on 01752 434390.
Emergency dental treatment for unregistered patients is available at Plymouth’s Dental Access Centre. Call 0845 155 8070 for an appointment.
Your GP may be able to provide advice and treatment either by making an appointment with your usual doctor or by contacting an emergency doctor. Devon Doctors operates evenings, overnight and throughout the weekend on 0845 671 0270.