ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY AT NOBLE'S HOSPITAL
The hospital provides a dedicated 24-hour accident and emergency (A&E) service for people who live or are visiting the Isle of Man.
Approximately 36,000 patients a year are seen in the A&E department, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Information on what the Department
The emergency department treats patients who have suffered a serious injury or accident, or who have developed a sudden serious illness or medical condition. These patients are usually brought to the department by ambulance. We also have a ‘minors’ area that is available for patients that self present at the A&E reception for less serious illnesses such as cuts and sprains.
All patients are assessed and put into an order of priority by a specially trained Registered Nurse. This is known as a triage system. Inevitably the more serious injuries or illnesses are treated first.
When to use A&E
The function of the A&E department is to treat patients who have either suffered a serious injury or accident, or, who are suffering from a sudden and serious illness or condition.
If you, or the person you are with, are suffering from any of the conditions listed below please go straight to A&E or call an ambulance by dialling 999:
- Suspected heart attack
- Chest pain
- Stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- Heavy blood loss
- Suspected broken bones
- Deep wounds such as stab wounds
- Severe breathing difficulties
- Head injury
Examples of when A&E should not be used
- Coughs and colds - most people would be best just to stay at home or see their local pharmacist;
- Old injuries or joint problems - are best seen by your GP, at least initially;
- Queries about medication - these are best dealt with by your GP;
- Toothache - you need to be seen by a dentist.
- To get a 'second opinion' rather than using the GP service;
- Patients who book in to A&E because they can't get a GP appointment until the next day.
Accident and Emergency Reception on 650040