When Should You Come to Emergency Services?​​


Not every illness or injury requires a visit to the ED. Certain conditions, however, necessitate an ED visit. Rush to our emergency department if you or a loved one experiences any of the following:

  • Bleeding that will not stop

  • Symptoms of a heart attack, including severe chest pain, sweating and shortness of breath

  • Change in mental status (unusual behaviour, confusion, difficulty arousing)

  • Obvious compound fractures and / or dislocation of bones

  • Feel like committing suicide

  • Severe persistent vomiting, vomiting blood or coughing up blood

  • Prolonged seizures for more than 5 minutes

  • Head or spine injury

  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

  • Sudden injury (gunshot wound, road accident, near drowning or smoke inhalation)

  • Sudden severe pain anywhere in the body (Back, neck, abdominal pain)

  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision

  • Swallowing a poisonous substance or drug over dose

  • Persistent fever (> 38.5 ºC/100.4 ºF)

  • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhoea

  • Refusal to eat or drink, particularly infants

  • Obvious compound fractures and/or dislocation of bones

  • Severe persistent vomiting, vomiting blood or coughing up blood

  • Prolonged seizures for more than 5 minutes

  • Head or spine injury 

  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

  • Sudden injury (gunshot wound, road accident, near drowning or smoke inhalation)

  • Sudden severe pain anywhere in the body 

  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision