Chorley ED - March 2021

The Emergency Department at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital

Here is you need to know about what you can expect from services available at the emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital.

About the service:

The A&E service at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital is open as an adults only service.

Children or young people (under 18 years of age) needing A&E services will be taken to Royal Preston Hospital to ensure they receive the best care in the right place. Additionally, any pregnant women needing A&E services will also be taken to Preston for the same reason.   

Patients suffering complex fractures or major trauma injuries will also be treated at the Royal Preston. As a major trauma centre, with clinicians who are highly trained and experienced in treating complex broken bones and / or life-threatening injuries, the Royal Preston Hospital is the most appropriate place for this type of care.

Opening hours:

The department will accept patients from 8am until 8pm each day from Monday 15 March.

Coronavirus symptoms: 

If you have a high temperature, loss of taste or smell or a new continuous cough, please use the NHS 111 online service:

You should only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.

Urgent medical help:

For urgent medical help, not related to coronavirus, please use the NHS 111 online service:


Call 999

Urgent Care Centre:

The 24/7 Urgent Care Centre at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital can treat a wide range of minor ailments, for both children and adults, including:

  • Minor nose bleeds
  • Cuts, bites and stings
  • Burns and scalds
  • Infections (including abscesses)
  • Foreign bodies in wounds, ears and noses
  • Muscular sprains and strains to shoulders, arms and legs
  • Fractures to shoulders, arms, legs & ribs
  • Dislocation of fingers, thumbs and toes
  • Minor eye conditions including conjunctivis and foreign bodies
  • Minor chest, neck and back injuries
  • Minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness or alcohol-related
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Minor ailnments such as earache, urinary tract infections and sinusitis
  • Diarrhoea / Constipation
  • Emergency contraception

You should not attend the A&E service at Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital in the following circumstances:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are under age 18
  • You suffer a badly broken bone
  • You suspect a heart attack or stroke
  • You suspect internal bleeding
  • You suffer extensive burns
  • You suffer extensive trauma

In any of those circumstances, please go directly to Royal Preston Hospital A&E department. Patients requiring resuscitation or suffering from high risk internal bleeding will also be taken straight to the Royal Preston Hospital.

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