Urgent & Emergency Care - Make the Right Choice
Urgent care self-service tool
The urgent care self-service tool is for patients who arrive at our Emergency Department (A&E) with no pre-booked arrival time. Those with life threatening illness or injury will go straight to the Emergency Department. For others, depending on their symptoms they're referred to another more appropriate service.
How it works
On arrival at our Emergency Department, with support from staff, patients answer questions via a tablet about the symptoms they have, so that the service can direct them to the most appropriate care.
Here is more information on how the urgent care self-service tool works.
How we use patient data
Find out what information we collect when you use the urgent care self-service tool along with how we use your information, who we share it with, how your data is kept secure and your rights to see or change the information; here is our privacy statement for the self-service tool.
Take our survey
If you have used the urgent care self-service tool, you can tell us what you think.
Important information: Visiting arrangements on our adult inpatient wards - updated 01.07.2023
From Saturday 1 July 2023 visitors can see their loved ones from 14:00 to 20:00 daily on all adult inpatient wards, with two visitors per patient at a time.
These visiting hours may vary depending on individual ward circumstances. Separate arrangements are in place for maternity, Critical Care, paediatrics or where the patient is end-of-life. These areas will have local visiting hours and procedures in place.
Visitors are asked, not to visit if:
- They have had or have any cold or flu like symptoms
- They have or have had any COVID symptoms – cough, temperature, loss/change of taste/smell
- They have had any symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours
- They have had contact with a COVID case during last 5 days
- There is an outbreak of infection on the ward they are visiting, visiting arrangements will be reviewed and compassionate visiting facilitated as a minimum
Thank you for your continued support.
Important Information: Where possible please attend A&E on your own
If you or a loved one needs urgent and emergency (A&E) care at Kettering General Hospital you/they are urged to attend on their own, wherever possible. This is to ensure that all patients and staff can safely comply with social distancing guidance. It is vital that we do everything we can to protect everyone at the hospital.
This isn’t easy for patients but people infected with Covid-19 can have very mild or no symptoms at all but can still pass the virus to others, so we must maintain social distancing within the hospital to reduce the risks to other patients and our staff.
If you are a carer or there are exceptional circumstances, patients can be accompanied by someone else, but we are asking friends and family to drop patients off and return to collect them later.
We ask everyone to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 by remembering to:
Wash your hands frequently
Wear a face covering or mask
Maintain social distancing.
Emergency Care at Kettering General Hospital
KGH provides 24 hour accident and emergency services (A&E) from our Emergency Department (ED) and supports the treatment of patients presenting with minor, major and traumatic injuries.
During busy periods priority will be given to people attending the Emergency Department with serious, life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe blood loss, serious burns.
Serious traumatic injury patients receive treatment before transfer to the major trauma centre at Coventry.
You should only call 999 or visit the Emergency Department in a real emergency
This includes a serious injury or life-threatening problem such as loss of consciousness, severe breathing difficulty, heavy bleeding, severe chest pain, suspected broken bones, deep wounds (e.g. stab wounds), swallowing something harmful or poisonous or a drug overdose.
For non-emergencies the services below are available and may be able to help resolve your issue much quicker than a visit to the Emergency Department which can be busy and subject to long waits.
If you are not sure which service to access use NHS 111 online or the NHS App
The NHS App is available now on iOS and Android. To use it you must be aged 13 and over and registered with a GP surgery in England.
Use the NHS App to:
- get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it
- order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to
- get health advice - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments. You can also answer questions to get instant advice or medical help near you
- view your health record - securely access your GP health record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines. If your GP has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results and details of your consultations
- register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
- view your NHS number - find out what your NHS number is
- book appointments - search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
- find out how the NHS uses your data - choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
- get your NHS COVID Pass – view and share your COVID Pass for places in England that have chosen to use this service and travel abroad
If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your local pharmacist for on-the-spot advice and remedies for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds, cystitis and emergency contraception.
Pharmacists are expert in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses. You don’t need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.
If you have a minor injury please visit Corby Urgent Care Centre?
The Corby Urgent Care Centre, is run by a company called One Medical Group, it is open 8.00am - 8.00pm every day of the year.
During these hours, patients with the right need can walk in and be seen without an appointment. The Corby Urgent Care Centre is located on Cottingham Road, Corby, NN17 2UR.
The Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is for patients who need help, advice or treatment for most common injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life threatening.
You still need to be registered with a GP practice. It is therefore important to understand when it is right to attend.
If you have a minor injury that needs additional immediate treatment or investigation, such as fractures, sprains or soft tissue injuries, minor burns or scalds, bites or stings, ear or throat infections, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhoea, cuts or grazes and minor head injuries.
- If you suffer from a medical condition which is getting worse or if you have been directed to do so by your GP
You should not visit the Corby Urgent Care Centre:
- If you have a life-threatening emergency or serious condition, such as a suspected heart attack, stroke, sepsis (blood poisoning) or major bleeding (call 999 for an ambulance immediately)
- If you have a minor illness such as a cough or cold. We advise you to seek advice from a local pharmacist or your GP practice .
- If you have a long term condition which has deteriorated. Contact your GP practice.
If you have a medical problem and you're not sure what to do advise is available on NHS111 on-line or by phoning NHS 111. This service can help you get the right care, first time – including an emergency ambulance if you need one, or the Out if Hours medical service if your GP practice is closed.
If you are treated at the Urgent Care Centre, staff can give advice about what you should do next. But please be aware that the Urgent Care Centre cannot:
- Issue you with a sick note
- Prescribe routine regular medication
- Offer routine blood tests
- Offer vaccinations
- Arrange follow-up appointments with your GP practice (you must do this yourself)
- Refer you on to specialist hospital clinics, including for cancer diagnosis (contact your own GP practice)
When to choose Corby Urgent Care Centre
The service is for patients with a pressing health need in very specific circumstances.It is therefore important to understand when it is right to attend:
A minor injury that needs additional immediate treatment or investigation (such as an x-ray)
A medical condition which is getting worse, you have been back to your own GP practice and they have directed you to the Urgent Care Centre
You have a minor illness (contact your GP practice or seek advice from a pharmacist)
You have a long term condition which has deteriorated, or some other more significant illness (contact your GP practice)
You have a life-threatening emergency or serious condition, such as a suspected heart attack, stroke, sepsis (blood poisoning) or major bleeding (call 999 for an ambulance immediately)
If you have a medical problem and you're not sure what to do, advise is available on NHS111 on-line or by phoning NHS 111. This service can help you get the right care, first time – including an emergency ambulance if you need one, or the Out if Hours medical service if your GP practice is closed.
If you’ve been treated at the Urgent Care Centre, staff can give advice about what you should do next. But please be aware that the Urgent Care Centre cannot:
Arrange follow-up appointments with your GP practice (you must do this yourself)
Refer you on to specialist hospital clinics, including for cancer diagnosis (contact your own GP practice)
Alter the regular treatment of long term conditions (contact your own GP practice)
GP Services - Extended Access and Out of Hours
If you or your family need urgent medical care when your usual GP surgery is closed (Monday to Friday 6.30pm-8.00am; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 24 hours) please contact your GP practice in the usual way to request an appointment. If there is no appointment available at the practice, patinets may be offered an appointment with the GP Extended Access Service if this is right for them. For details of your nearest GP practice please visit the NHS website
Extended GP Access Arrangements by District
The Extended Access Service is available to residents of Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants and offers more bookable appointments with GPs, making it easier for you to get an appointment at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends. A GP Extended Access appointment is exactly like an appointment at your own GP practice. The service can see babies and children and nurse appointments are available for treatments such as wound care and ear irrigation.
You will be seen by experienced Northamptonshire GPs, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals, but it is unlikely that you will be seen by your own GP or nurse. If you would prefer to see your usual GP or practice nurse, please book an appointment with your usual practice during their normal opening hours.
For further details about extended access in your area please follow the links below
If you have an urgent dental problem and are unable to wait until your surgery is next open, please contact your nearest NHS 8 to 8 Dental Centre which is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including bank holidays).
The contact details for the 8-8 practices are:
Corby - 01536 401925
Daventry - 01327 310793
Kettering - 01536 525436
Northampton - 01604 639296
Wellingborough - 01933 224462
For assistance over the phone at any time, call NHS 111.
For more information on how to access an NHS dentist in an emergency or out of hours can be found on the NHS website.www.nhs.uk/nhs- dental services