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Urgent & emergency services received an overall rating of Requires Improvement from the CQC in the report published 10th August 2016.

The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Royal Bolton Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department assesses and treats a range of problems from minor injuries to life threatening conditions. Our specialist staff are trained in emergency medicine and nursing and aim to treat patients as quickly and effectively as possible.

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We have the following facilities in the department:

  • a resuscitation area with four beds
  • a main clinical quadrangle with 12 cubicles
  • a minor injury/illness area with seven separate cubicles
  • children’s A&E with a specialist area for the assessment and treatment of children and young people up to the age of 16
  • a review clinic area
  • a mental health assessment room
  • a separate ear, nose and throat, and eye room.

Last year the Emergency Department saw over 117,000 new patients and approximately 5000 patients in the review clinics. Around 25% of patients are children and over 25% of all patients arrive by ambulance.


Who should come to the Emergency Department?

A&E departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • Accident and Emergency Nurse and Patientloss of consciousness
  • acute confused state
  • fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.

If an ambulance is needed, call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the ambulance number throughout the European Union.


Choose Well

For further information on what to do when you are feeling unwell and services which you can access, please visit our Other services that offer urgent care page.


Use of Social Media

It is important that the privacy, dignity and confidentiality of all our patients and staff is respected and we therefore ask that patients and visitors do not take photos or comment on social media about other patients, visitors or staff.