Emergency Department (A&E)

Emergency Department (A&E)
Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge

Tel: 01803 654003
Fax: 01803 616331

Directions and contact details

At Torbay Hospital, a full emergency service is provided for residents and visitors to Torbay and South Devon who have suffered a significant injury within the last 48 hours, or who have developed a sudden illness within the last six hours.

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

Listed below are some examples:

  • Head injury
  • Unconscious/unresponsive
  • Drug or alcohol overdose
  • Broken/fractured bones
  • Heavy bleeding / deep wound such as a stab wound
  • Chest pain / suspected heart attack.
  • Respiratory problems / difficulty in breathing, e.g. asthma attack
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Pregnancy problems

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 phone 111 and ask for guidance. Alternatively, you can visit NHS Choices’ A-Z of health conditions and treatments.

Minor Injury Units

Minor Injury Units are located across Torbay and South Devon. See our Minor Injury Units page for information on location, opening times and x-ray availability. This service covers:

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

Minor Injury Units

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