Warrington and Halton Hospitals

A&E BUSY: Examine Your Options

Warrington Hospital A&E is at full capacity dealing with very sick patients and genuine emergencies. The rest of the region is also extremely busy. Patients that could be seen elsewhere are still attempting to be seen at A&E despite very long waits and full waiting rooms. Patients are strongly urged to to use the Urgent Care centres at Widnes or Runcorn, to dial NHS 111 or to ask their pharmacist before attempting to access A&E. Runcorn Urgent Care currently has a less than 5 minute wait for triage and there is free parking at the Centre located at Halton Hospital. Labour Ward operating as normal.

Where to go if you need medical help

NHS 111

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.


Your local pharmacist can provide expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them if you have a minor health problem that doesn’t require being seen by a nurse or doctor. You don't need to book an appointment with pharmacists who are:

  • Friendly, confidential and will give expert advice to treat everyday health issues
  • Are local and in your community. Find out where your local pharmacy is Warrington - here or Halton - here
  • Open early until late and need no appointment

General Practitioners (GPs).Your GP will usually be able to treat you immediately but may need to direct you to other NHS services. GPs are experts in family medicine, preventative care, health education and treating people with multiple and long-term conditions. Out of hours call your GP’s surgery as normal and follow the instructions.

NHS Urgent Care Centres

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.


Sexual health clinics

Warrington – Call 01925 644202 or click here.

Halton – Call 01928 753217 or click here.

Emergency dental treatment

Warrington and Halton – Call 0161 476 9651, available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Serious injuries or illness and life-threatening conditions

Hospital accident and emergency departments are for people with serious injuries or illness, or life-threatening emergencies such as severe chest pains, breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness or bleeding that can’t be stopped.

  • Warrington Hospital – Lovely Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1QG

Published: 06/02/2018

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