Emergency Department (A&E)

Emergency Department (A&E)
Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge

Tel: 01803 654003
Fax: 01803 616331

Directions and contact details

At Torbay District Hospital, a full Emergency Service is provided for residents and visitors to South Devon who have suffered an accidental injury within the last 48 hours, or who have developed a sudden illness within the last six hours.

Close liaison is maintained with specialist centres for the management of patients requiring cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, burns and plastics care, or paediatric intensive care.

An emergency is ‘a critical or life-threatening situation’.

Listed below are some examples:

  • Unconscious/unresponsive.
  • Heavy bleeding.
  • Suspected broken/fractured bones.
  • Deep wound such as a stab wound.
  • Suspected heart attack.
  • Difficulty in breathing, e.g. asthma attack.
  • Chest Pains.
  • Head Injury.

For incidents in the South Devon area the nearest Emergency Department is located at the main Torbay General Hospital.

Less critical situations

There are a number of ways of assessing and treating minor injuries and ailments. If you are unsure whether to seek medical advice, please call NHS 111 and ask for guidance.

Minor Injury Units

A minor casualty service is provided by the Minor Injuries Units of each Community Hospital. Each Minor Injuries Unit works closely with local GP practices or Torbay Hospital’s Emergency Department (A&E). This service covers:

  • treatment of minor accidents and injuries,
  • treatment of illnesses in visitors to the district,
  • follow-up treatment when necessary,
  • diagnostics and therapeutic services associated with emergency and follow-up care.

Minor Injury Units

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