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Emergency Departments

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We have an emergency department at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital. These departments are for serious life-threatening injuries and illnesses only. If you attend with a minor injury or illness you may be directed to an alternative service.

Please help us to help you and use the information below to find the right service for you.


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If you attend our emergency departments with a minor injury or illness then you could face a long wait or you may be redirected to an alternative service. You can see our current waiting times by using the links below.

Please use the information on this page to help you decide which service you really need.

Live waiting times:

University Hospital of North Durham

Darlington Memorial Hospital


Do you really need to go to the emergency department?


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We know that knowing which service you need and where to go to find it can at times be confusing. This table outlines which services run from which of our healthcare sites.


'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital