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Emergency Department (ED)

Sign for Morriston Hospital

Page updated: 16.01.23

Do I need ED?

The NHS is currently experiencing extremely high levels of demand.

This is most noticeable at a hospital's 'front door', with the Emergency Department (also known as Accident and Emergency - A&E) becoming very busy, which can lead to long waits to be seen.

Only come to the ED at Morriston Hospital if you or a loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury such as breathing difficulties, persistent severe chest pain, heavy blood loss, severe burns, loss of consciousness, suspected stroke, deep wounds.


Where else can I get help?

Conditions the MIU can treat and those it can't.

The MIU can treat:

The MIU CANNOT treat:

cuts and minor burns illnesses such as Covid or flu 
sprains and strains coughs, colds and sore throats, including temperature
broken bones earache

dislocation of the shoulder, fingers and toes


head and facial injuries with no loss of consciousness and where the patient is not taking anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication

chest pain

neck injuries, where you are mobile with no pins and needles in your arms


back injuries where you are mobile and the pain has not occurred from you twisting your back or lifting something

breathing problems

foreign bodies to eyes, ears and nose

dental problems

non-penetrating eye and ear injuries

accident with injury to abdomen/stomach

rib injuries where you are not coughing up blood and you don’t have a chest infection

urinary infections, cystitis or catheter problems

insect stings

painful limbs, joints or backs


skin complaints including boils and rashes


wounds that have not been caused during an accident



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