We are extremely busy in our emergency department so please use our services wisely.  In emergency and life-threatening cases continue to come forward as normal or call 999. 

However, if you are unsure about where to go, please call NHS 111 before coming to our emergency department who can best advise you on your next step.

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External reviews

There are a number of nationally-defined priorities which require onward referral for investigation or review by another team which (in 2020/21) are:

  • Incidents which meet the ‘Each Baby Counts’ and maternal deaths criteria – HSIB (Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch)
  • All perinatal and maternal deaths – MBRRACE (Mothers and Babies: Reducing risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries)
  • Mental health-related homicides by persons in receipt of mental health services or within six months of their discharge - relevant NHS England and NHS Improvement regional independent investigation team
  • Child deaths - child death panels
  • Deaths of persons with learning disabilities - LeDeR (Learning Disabilities Mortality Review programme)
  • Incidents in screening programmes - Public Health England’s regional Screening Quality Assurance Service and commissioners of the service
  • Deaths of patients in custody, in prison or on probation where healthcare is/was NHS funded and delivered through an NHS contract - Prison and Probation Ombudsman.