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Is it an emergency?

The Emergency Department is here to urgently respond to people who are acutely ill, or have injuries requiring immediate treatment. If you have a very minor injury or illness, we ask that you consider if there is a more appropriate health care service, such as your General Practitioner (GP), out of hours GP or pharmacist.

For medical advice, or if you are unsure whether an Emergency Department is the right place to go for treatment, please contact NHS Direct or 0845 46 47, or visit their website. You can also visit the NHS Choose Well website

Important note: If you have persistent chest pain, severe breathing difficulties or if you think your life could be at risk then you should dial 999 for an ambulance immediately. 

Bringing children to the hospital

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital does not provide a paediatric (children’s) inpatient service.

It is important to remember that if your child is brought to the Emergency Department at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and needs to be admitted, they will be transferred to either Poole or Southampton Hospitals.

What to do if your child is severely unwell

If your child is severely unwell you should dial 999. In other cases you should contact your GP or NHS Direct for advice.

If your child is initially seen by your GP or at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital but gets worse after going home, you should always take them to Poole Hospital’s Emergency Department. If your child becomes severely distressed or unconscious, dial 999.

Poole Hospital is the inpatient paediatric centre and has specialist doctors and nurses to look after very sick children. For more information click here ( Poole Hospital.)