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Emergency Departments

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Emergency Departments

Emergency Departments provide care for seriously ill or injured patients.

Serious means an illness or injury which could be life threatening. This can include conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, fits, asthma attacks, head, neck and spinal injuries, major bone injuries, road traffic accidents. For children and the elderly this can also include breathing difficulties, or any situation where you are concerned about serious illness.

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Waiting Times

The Trust has Emergency Departments at two of our hospital sites.
For waiting times click on the hospital below:

University Hospital of North Durham

Darlington Memorial Hospital

Find out more about our clinical services.


Urgent Care Treatment Centres

These services are provided at the following locations:

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Peterlee
  • Shotley Bridge

Typically, Urgent Care Treatment Centres deal with conditions such as chest infections, urine infections, suspected eye infections, fevers, cuts, sprains and strains, hand, foot and wrist fractures, and allergic reactions.


'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham