Current emergency services and Out of Hours

If you need advice outside of normal working hours please dial 111. This is the new number for non-urgent enquiries. You can read more about this service here.


You may also wish to look at NHS Choices that contains a large amount of helpful information about health conditions and management.


The Urgent Care Centre is no longer available at Shotley Bridge hospital during the day but the Out of Hours centre is based here every evening. Please use this service wisely as the number of Doctors on call at such times is quite limited.


For serious injuries or life-threatening emergencies only please dial 999. If you attend the A&E department for minor illnesses they may refuse to see you or you may have to wait for a very long time to be seen. Calling 111 may help to direct you to the correct service if you are uncertain about the severity of your problem.