A&E For Major Emergencies Only

Kettering General Hospital is currently extremely busy with significant pressure on A&E and our beds.
We are treating a large number of very urgent patients and their care needs to be our top priority.

This means you should avoid using A&E unless it is a real emergency. Expect a long wait if you attend with a more minor problem.


  • What is a real emergency?
  • Where someone has collapsed or lost consciousness
  • Is having a fit
  • Severe chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe bleeding that isn’t stopping and needs stitches
  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe burns or scalds
  • Severe limb pain that could be a fracture


Alternatives to A&E include:


  • Self-Care - A well-stocked medicine cabinet and rest are the best option for very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries – such as colds, cuts, grazes and sprains.
  • Pharmacy - Your local chemist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
  • GP services - Your GP can help if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away. If you have an urgent problem many GPs will try and see you on the same day.
  • NHS 111 - If you need help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation, call 111. NHS 111 has highly trained operators and clinicians to assess each call and direct it to the most appropriate service. Find out more here. NHS 111 can direct you to: 
    • Northamptonshire GP Out of Hours service, between 6.30pm and 8am and at weekends and bank holidays (24 hours). Access the service through NHS 111 – so call 111.

    • Corby Urgent Care Centre on Cottingham Road, Corby, is open from 8am to 8pm. https://www.corbyucc.co.uk/