Warrington and Halton Hospitals

A&E busy: Options

A&E extremely busy after Xmas and patients likely to experience very long waits to be seen, so please if A&E is the place you need to be check waiting times here. Also take care outside today, conditions are slippery.

Other available options are as follows:

  • Chose Urgent Care at Runcorn or Widnes

Location: Halton General Hospital, Hospital Way, Runcorn, WA7 2DA (T: 01928 714567)

Open: 7:00am - 10:00pm

Waiting times can be found here.

Location: NHS Widnes Urgent Care Centre, Health Care Resource Centre, Oaks Place, Caldwell Road, Widnes, WA8 7GD (T: 0151 495 5000)

Open: 7:00am - 10:00pm

Find out more about them here.

What conditions can be treated at the Urgent Care Centre?

Dependent on the severity of your condition, the Urgent Care Centre can treat a wide variety of problems including but not limited to:

  • cuts and grazes
  • sprains and strains
  • broken bones (fractures)
  • bites and stings
  • infected wounds
  • minor head injuries
  • eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.
  • Low severity chest pain
  • Respiratory problems like asthma
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Water infections
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Any new or exacerbation of a long term health problem that needs urgent attention

Once assessed you will receive treatment or, if deemed appropriate, be referred to another service.

Services for children

NHS Runcorn Urgent Care Centre has specialist paediatric nurses who have expertise in treating Children along with special paediatric observation suites.

There is also a Doctor on staff who is able to treat paediatric illnesses and injuries as appropriate.


If you require an x-ray during your visit to the UCC, you can now receive this directly from the centre. X-ray is open from 8am – 10pm, Seven days a week.

For more information click here.

  • Need advice and not sure what to do? Call NHS Direct 111


  • Ask your Pharmacist - find out your closest one: Warrington - here or Halton - here


  • Call your GP


  • Use A&E only as last resort AND if life threatening or genuine emergency


REMEMBER to Make the Right Call– North West Ambulance Service are reporting significantly higher number of 999 calls, so please think before calling, could you use any of the above services before calling?

Published: 28/12/2017

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