What we do

The Emergency Department (A&E) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat emergency and life-threatening conditions. Patients are prioritised in order of clinical need – the most clinically urgent patients will be seen as a priority.

Please note that arriving by ambulance does not mean you will be seen as a higher priority.


If your symptoms are not an emergency, the NHS 111 service is available 24/7 for advice. Calls are free and they can advise you of the best service for your needs. If advisors deem it necessary for you to be seen by a GP or if you need to be seen in A&E, they can arrange this for you.

Anyone with life threatening conditions that need emergency attention should call 999. If the condition is not serious, you should seek advice from a pharmacy, make an appointment with your GP or visit an urgent care centre. You can find your nearest services here:  https://www.fyidirectory.co.uk/health

The Emergency Department (ED) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is one of the busiest in the country. It provides a full range of services for the 352,000 residents of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde and the 18.2 million annual visitors to the resort. The department sees approximately 80,000 patients each year to treat emergency and life-threatening illness & injury.

The ED works collaboratively with the Urgent Treatment Centre run by FCMS, which combines minor injuries, illnesses and primary care facilities for non-emergency cases and the ED for more serious or life threatening cases requiring immediate treatment.

The service provides care to self-referred patients and those brought in by ambulance. The department liaises closely with all other specialities within the hospital.

Emergency Department Visitors

The Emergency Department does allow 24 hour access for visitors accompanying patients. We do ask that this is restricted to two people at any one time where possible and that visitors are respectful and courteous to staff and other patients at all times.

Please ask to speak to the Nurse in Charge if there are any special requests or requirements around visiting. Please also remember that the hospital and its grounds are a complete non-smoking area.

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